SAJ Promises Proper Investigation For the Death of Iqbal Toofanny

The vice-PM, Showkutally Soodhun, and the PM react to the death of Iqbal Toofanny that occurred on Monday 2nd of March. The former discussed the case on Radio Plus yesterday. He related that SAJ has promised that the investigation to shed light on the circumstances of death will be strict.

Showkutally Soodhun

Showkutally Soodhun

Iqbal Toofanny had been arrested on Sunday 1st of March and taken to the hospital the next day when he felt sick – that was where he met with death. His family has demanded that the circumstances leading to his death are properly investigated. The father of the victim had gone to the CCID on Tuesday 3rd of March to file a complaint in the presence of his lawyer Erickson Moneeapillay. They are blaming the police officers to have perpetrated violent acts against him.

The vice-PM, Showkutally Soodhun, expressed his thoughts on the case on Radio Plus yesterday night (03.03.15). He had initially met with Sir Anerood Jugnauth to discuss the issue. The PM had asked him to extend sympathies to the family of Iqbal Toofanny. Furthermore, the PM had already met with the new commissioner of police who is now handling the case. According to the vice-PM, SAJ has given precise instructions to carry out a strict investigation to shed light on the affair.

Showkutally Soodhun stated that the PM has given the guarantee that there will be no cover-up for the case and that he is personally following the affair such that if ever any police officer is found to be responsible, he will have to face the consequences.

Already, 5 police officers of the CID of Rivière-Noire believed to be involved in the Iqbal Toofanny case have been arrested and detained by the CCID.

Following the death of Iqbal Toofanny , an autopsy was performed by Dr Sudesh Kumar Gungadin. Dr Amacharya Gujjalu, a coroner working in the private sector, was also present at the time of the autopsy. He agreed with the conclusion of his colleague as to the cause of death of Iqbal Toofanny: Dr Sudesh Kumar Gungadin had concluded that he had died of pulmonary edema. However, Dr Amacharya Gujjalu affirmed that the victim was beaten with a stick – he had observed injuries caused by a stick on the victim’s shoulder, thighs, hands and at the level of his head. No fracture or hemorrhage was observed. The cause of the pulmonary edema is yet to be established though. The authorities are waiting for laboratory results to determine what was behind the pulmonary edema.

Updates relating to the investigation

The family members of the man have spoken out, providing new information that might help investigators. The police officers involved in the case might have serious charges against them.

Amiirah Toofanny, the wife of Iqbal Toofanny, and his cousin Noorani Jamalsah, stated that he was in the possession of a huge amount of money and other valuables when he left his house on the 28th of February at 16h00.

His family members were at the court of Bambous yesterday from 09h00 to 16h00, waiting for the 5 officers of the Rivière Noire CID to come forth. Among those who have been accused are the sergeant Parsand and police officers Laboudeuse, Ragoo and Gaiqui, among others. They will present in court today. Charges of torture and conspiracy might be levelled at them. It has been revealed that data from the records of the Victoria hospital might have been tampered with.

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