CB records statement of victims father

23 November, 2016

KOCHI: The Crime Branch team probing the death of medical student Shamna Tasnim has recorded the statement of her father. Shamna’s father K A Abootty appeared before Crime Branch DySP K Sasidharan at the CB office in Tripunithura.

Crime Branch officials said the recording of statement lasted for nearly two hours. The Crime Branch officials said that Abootty narrated all the incidents related to the death of his daughter starting from the phone call made by Shamna saying that she had fever before being admitted to the hospital.

Abootty also told the investigation team that Ceftriaxone injection was given to Shamna following which her health condition worsened. He claimed that,though Shamna was already dead, the doctors at Ernakulam Medical College administered Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and shifted her to a private hospital for washing their hands off. He also pointed out differences in the nurses’ records and doctors’ records on the sequence of the medical treatment provided to Shamna.

Crime Branch SP Yathish Chandra said that they would check all aspects of the incident. However, the medical negligence aspect can be examined only by the experts from the State Medical Board. “The report from State Medical Board would be crucial. However, we are carrying out a thorough investigation,” he said.

It is learnt that State Medical Board will hold a meeting at the Ernakulam Guest House on Thursday to examine the records related to the incident. The meeting which will be attended by medical experts and the Director General of Prosecution would commence at 10.30am. The forensic surgeon will also take part in the meeting. It was in July that Shamna, a second-year MBBS student of Ernakulam Medical College died after undergoing treatment at the same hospital.