He died of ‘suspected bullet wounds’, police say they did not open fire
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On Monday, police said they did not open fire at the mob during Sunday's violence. This comes a day after a man succumbed to suspected bullet wounds. Another man reportedly suffered bullet wounds during the violence on Sunday.
The man who died was identified as 26-year-old Vinod Singh Negi, an employee of a private firm in Noida. Police said Negi hails from Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand and that he lived with his brother Pushkar in Khoda Colony, Mayur Vihar.
Rajan Bhagat, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said, "He died after suffering suspected bullet injuries. The police did not open fire."
Negi's family members alleged that he died after being shot at, but police said his wounds were "suspected bullet injuries". Speaking to Newsline, one of Negi's relatives said, "He was returning home from work, when he got stuck in the mob violence. He did not return home and we found out that he was wounded in the violence and was admitted to the hospital. When we were told that he had been taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, we went there and found that he had succumbed to his injuries," he said. "If the police did not open fire, then how did he receive gunshot wounds? Why would anyone from the public shoot him? Where would they get weapons from?"
Doctors at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital said the nature of injuries will be ascertained only after a post-mortem. Medical Superintendent, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Dr Adarsh Kumar, said, "He died before he was brought to the hospital. The body was preserved for identification. The nature of injuries will be confirmed only after the post-mortem on Wednesday."
Dr Kumar confirmed that he had sustained a deep bullet wound. "We removed the bullet and have preserved it," he said.
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