Tis Hazari bikers might have been killed by phenol, state police.
Phenol might be the compound that caused the death of three guys whose bike skidded over some liquid spilled on the major road near Tis Hazari court on Saturday morning.
Police said the owner of the truck, from which they suspect the chemical might have discharged, and has maintained that the compound was phenol and has been transported out of Gujarat to Haryana. Researchers stated that the post mortem reports of the guys indicates they could have expired due to inhaling fumes of phenol or since the chemical entered their bodies . However, senior officials stated that for the final view, viscera report is still awaited.
The incident took place on Saturday when Usmanpur resident Monu Sharma (22) was riding towards outer Delhi’s Nangloi alongside Mahesh Chand (23) and Shivam Lal (21). They were out to attend a friend’s weddingday. At around 5.30am onn Saturday, near the Tis Hazari Court, the riders lost control of the bike. It isn’t known whether they were wearing helmets. Even though Lal and Chand expired on Saturday, Sharma appeared on Monday.
Deputy commissioner of police (north west ) Monika Bhardwaj said that after scanning CCTV footages they had identified the truck and tracked its proprietor Monday. The truck owner told us that the vehicle was hauling Phenol from Gujarat to Haryana. Probe disclosed that the truck never made it to its destination along with a hunt for the motorist is underway, the officer stated. The way the compound spilled on the street is yet to be ascertained.
A sample of the compound was collected from the place on Saturday and it was delivered to forensic labs to determine its properties. Authorities stated phenol is a chemical used in households chiefly as disinfectants and also has industrial use in making plastics. It is utilized in soaps.
Officers investigating the deaths stated that according to the preliminary autopsy reports, which the HT has accessed, the men needed chemical burn injuries involving about 22-25percent of body surface area.
The report further says a final opinion concerning cause of death is going to be given after receipt of viscera-chemical analysis report. A senior doctor from a Central government hospital’s burns section, who didn’t want to be identified, said that chemical burns because of exposure to phenol can turn deadly based on the quantity and concentration of this chemical.
‘When inhaled, by way of example, the fumes can burn the trachea and choke the lymph system resulting in death. Chemical burns is different from fire-related burns and is called chemical injury which could lead to death,’ the doctor said. ‘Chemical accidents act differently, and chemical burns covering about 25% of their body surface area could be quite critical,’ he added.
The lungs of these victims also revealed consolidation (filled with fluid) which may also be consequence of this harm. ‘Lung fluid as a response to inhaling toxins. That is their defence mechanism. The fumes may result in lung collapse, if inhaled in large quantity,’ said Dr Vikas Maurya, senior pulmonary specialist, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.
The brain edema (swelling) that the autopsy report mentions could be a consequence of decreased oxygen supply to the brain. ‘Inhaling fumes may not have directly affected brain edema but it could have resulted in diminished oxygen supply since lungs were changed. So, indirectly it may have resulted in death,’ says Dr Deepak Agrawal, professor, neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.