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Police officer died of cardiac arrest, says report

Police officer died of cardiac arrest, says report

ISLAMABAD: The forensic toxicology analysis did not find any traces of poison or drug in the samples collected from the body of SSP Ashar Hameed, who was found dead at his official residence in the capital city on July 22.

Officials in the police department said the forensic histopathology report showed that the SSP had died of a cardiac arrest.

The samples were sent to the Punjab forensic science laboratory on July 25.

The report stated: “Histological examination of heart sections reveals advanced atherosclerotic changes in the coronaries. Left anterior descending coronary and right coronary artery is completely blocked and left coronary artery and left circumflex coronary are partially blocked.” The myocardial sections reveal multiple areas fibrosis suggesting active ischemic heart disease, it said, adding the lungs sections showed no pathological changes while the liver sections indicated a fatty change.

The report said metronidazole – an antibiotic – was detected in the stomach and the small intestine. “No drug/poison/volatile is detected in liver,” it added.

SSP Hameed was found dead at his official residence located in the Police Lines Headquarters under an unexplained circumstance. He worked with the capital police as the assistant inspector general (operations) and was recently surrendered to the establishment division.

SSP Hameed was from the 24 CTP (Common Training Programme). All his batch mates were promoted to the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG) but due to unknown reasons he was not promoted.

“Last month, differences erupted between him and the inspector general of the police,” one of his colleagues stated. As a result, Mr Hameed was surrendered to the establishment division from where he was transferred to Balochistan.

Since his surrender to the establishment division and the transfer to Balochistan, Mr Hameed had been in distress.

Besides, he was also in a grief after the death of his brother.

Published in Dawn, August 3rd, 2016

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