Police to refer Ernakulam medicos death case to medical board today

05 September, 2016

KOCHI: The police will refer the case related to the death of a student of the Ernakulam Government Medical College about one-and-half months ago, allegedly due to medical negligence, to medical board on Monday.

The medical board will be constituted by the District Medical Officer (DMO), based on a request by the investigation officer.   “We have completed the formalities with regard to the case, and will refer it to the medical board on Monday,” said Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy who is heading the investigation.

Shamna Tasneem, a second year MBBS student hailing from Mattannur in Kannur, died after an injection was administered on her at the Medical College on July 18. Shamna’s parents alleged that she died due to denial of proper treatment by the hospital authorities. According to them, the hospital lacks ambulance facility and equipment required to handle emergency cases. Shamna was hospitalised for treatment of fever.

After checking evidence, the medical board will file a report on the cause of death, with focus on the allegation of negligence on the part of doctors and other staff. Though the police had earlier decided to refer the case to medical board, the process was halted due to the delay in getting final report from the Alappuzha Medical College where the autopsy was conducted.


The mysterious death of Shamna had triggered a controversy after the police failed to solve the case even after one month. Meanwhile,  sources close to the police said the investigators had not collected the statement of the doctor who conducted the postmortem. It is learnt that results of the virology and haematology tests have not been verified so far.

Earlier, Medical Education Joint Director Dr K Sreekumari had visited the hospital and spoke to the students and house surgeons who were on duty in the ward where Shamna was admitted. Though the Joint Director had  prepared a detailed report on the circumstances that led to the death, the report has not been filed yet.

The Kalamassery Police registered a case under Section-304 of the IPC.