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Monday, February 6, 2012

Baldy died due to asphyxiation caused by hanging: Post-mortem report | Case officially closed, but can be re-opened if need be: Police

By Anantha Krishnan M
Express News Service
Bangalore: Sqn Ldr (retd.) Baldev Singh (Baldy), former director Corporate Planning-Marketing, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has committed suicide; conclude the police, ruling out any foul play. The Chikballapur police in Karanataka, who investigated the death of Baldy, one of Indian’s finest Test pilots, have now closed the case after getting the final post-mortem report. This is in tune with what the police and the doctor had told an Express Investigation Team in November 2011. Baldy’s body was found hanging from a tree at an isolated spot near Nandi Hills on October 11.
Dr B V Diwakar, senior specialist with Chikballapur District Hospital, who conducted the post-mortem had kept his final opinion pending, for want of Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) sample results. “We have got the report of the chemical samples which were sent to FSL on November 4. It is now a clear-cut case of suicide by hanging. No poison was found during the FSL tests,” Dr Diwakar told Expess.
A 10-member police team headed by B Iyyanna Reddy, Investigating Officer and Sub-Inspector, Chikballapur Rural police station, were handling this sensational case. “It is now officially closed from our end. We have informed the Taluk Executive Magistrate by filing the B-Final Report. His death is caused by asphyxiation due to hanging,” Iyyanna Reddy said.
When asked about the chances of the case being re-opened, considering that neither the police nor HAL went behind the reason for Baldy to take such an extreme step, Reddy said: “If someone comes forward and says that it needs to be re-opened from a suspicious angle, then we will be willing to investigate from a different angle.”
An official with the Defence Production Department of Ministry of Defence, told Express on Sunday that the incident will remain as a sad page in the history of HAL for ever.
Copyright@The New Indian Express

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