A decomposed body of a man was recovered from the cardiology department of the Government Rajaji Hospital on Tuesday, leaving patients and visitors shell-shocked.
After a six-hour investigation, the police identified the body as Hariram (52). While the police were checking the records of missing cases, they found that on February 26, Sivaram, a native of Selur, filed a complaint that his father went missing at GRH. The police contacted Sivaram and his relatives who identified the body.
On Tuesday morning the cardio department staff complained to the health inspector that a foul smell was emanating from the dark room beside the post-graduates teaching hall at the dead end of the ward which was used only to keep old wooden planks. The staff suspected that the cause for the smell was a dead rat.
Two sanitary workers found the nude decomposed body at a corner. “We took out nearly 25 planks after which the body was found in a sitting position leaning towards the wall. Soon we alerted the doctors who informed the police,” said one of the contract labourers.
Sivaram said his father was a cardiac patient and had a heart attack seven years ago. He underwent an operation at GRH. He had been visiting the hospital since then and knew all the doctors and staff. “But it’s a mystery that they recovered my father’s body from a room,” Sivaram said.
He took his father to the hospital on February 26, along with his brother and a neighbour boy. While leaving his father at ward no 40, they went to buy medicines, but on their return, he found his father missing.
“We have searched him at the hospital and checked all the wards and enquired with staff and doctors. We even put up posters. On February 28 the police at GRH filed a missing-man complaint. On Tuesday around 4 pm the police at the GRH got a call saying that a body had been recovered.
There was a scar on his stomach due to the surgery he underwent years ago which helped me identify his body,” Sivaram added.