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ND Tiwari's son died due to smothering: Autopsy report

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday lodged a case of murder in connection with the death of ND Tiwari's son Rohit Shekhar. The investigating agency said that the autopsy report pointed to unnatural death caused by smothering.

According to police, the case was transferred to the crime branch for further investigation. They are questioning Rohit's family members, including his mother Ujjwala and his uncle's son. The investigating agency will also question Rohit's wife in the case. "We are probing whether the pillow was used for smothering when he might be sleeping," said sources.

"The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide," the head of the AIIMS' forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, said.

The investigation is focussing whether there is any role of Rohit's family members behind his murder as after the incident, none of them lodged a complaint.

Earlier on Wednesday, DCP (South) Vijay Kumar said that the family members do not suspect any foul play in his death.

The probe also revealed there are CCTV cameras installed in Rohit's house which are being scanned. Facts also came out that some cameras were not working properly which is probed.

Police have registered a murder case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons.

According to Joint Commissioner (Southern Range) Devesh Shrivastava, Rohit suffered a nose bleed, which his servants reported to his mother. Later, he was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead on Tuesday. His postmortem was conducted by a panel of doctors.

Apart from the domestic help, Rohit' wife and elder brother were inside the house. At the time of the incident his mother Ujjwala Tiwari, who was admitted at Max hospital, received a call from her house about her son being "unwell and bleeding from the nose"

Earlier, while talking to media, deceased's mother Ujjawla Tiwari said that her son was alright. When reporters asked about some foul play in the incident, she said that there are several things which she will reveal at the right time.

"The people who are behind my son's depression I will reveal their details," said Ujjawla Tiwari. Rohit Shekhar Tiwari famously fought a long-drawn battle with his father ND Tiwari, who for the longest time refused to accept him as his son.

In 2014, after the number of denials, lawsuits and a DNA test, ND Tiwari finally accepted that Rohit as his son. Later, ND Tiwari married Ujjwala Tiwari, the mother of Rohit Shekhar in a ceremony that took place in Lucknow. The police will investigate the case from different angles which include any family dispute, property dispute or any political

involvement. with Agency inputs

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