Inquest Report of a deceased under Sec 176 Cr Pc

 (To be used by the competent Executive Magistrates in case of unnatural, sudden or suspicious death within the meaning of sec.174(1) Cr. P.C.)

 1)      Date, time and place when and where the Magistrate received the intimation u/s 174(1) Cr. P.C. about the death.

2)      The substance of the information obtained by him and from whom. (You may take the assistance of the police officer reporting the death with a view to informing the relatives of the deceased as required u/s 176(4) Cr. P. C.

3)      The place where the body of the deceased was found.

4)      Inquest.

(a)    Commenced at………………..(time) on……………(date)

(b)   Closed at………………………(time) on……………. (date)

5)      Dead body identified by (their names and essential particulars), Relatives may

Identify, If relatives are not available those who had known the deceased may


6)      Marks of identification, if any, such as moles, scars etc.

7)      Name parentage, sex, age, caste and residence of the deceased.

8)  Relatives, if any, present at the inquest (their names, addresses and relationship

with the deceased)

9)      Names and other necessary particulars of two local and respectable witnesses in

whose presence the inquest was held. (It is not mandatory but desirable)

10)  Description of the corpse (after close observation of  all parts of body in good

light, generally under sunlight during day time), cavities such as those pertaining to nose, ear, mouth, vagina etc should be closely examined.

Note down the following features:

 a)      Position and attitude of the body.

b)      Number, position, length, breath and direction of wound(s)(not depth)

c)      Nature of wounds-incised, lacerated, bruises, fractures (so far they are visible on the external examination and could be ascertained by a non-medical person).

d)     Signs of ligature marks if any.

e)      Signs of inflammatory reaction (swelling etc) if any.

f)       Expression of the countenance.

g)      Position of limbs, eyes and mouth.

h)      Presence of blood (liquid or clotted), saliva, froth, vomit, semen, swabs etc. (if any)

i)        Condition of clothes/ornaments.

  1. Is the body well nourished and vigorous or emancipate and weak ?

  2. Viewing of the surroundings in their totality with the dead body lying there in.

Note down the following:-

 a)      Marks of violence or struggle.

b)      Articles such as rope, weapon, ammunition, phial, used cartridge, chemicals etc.

c)      Suicide note, if any.

d)     Foreign matters such as weeds, straws etc in the hair or clenched to the hands of the deceased  or attached to part of the body.

e)      Are there circumstances available in the scene to show that the deceased kill himself/herself.

f)       Do you  notice anything in the surroundings to suspect  foul play  ?

  1. Number and Names of the witnesses examined by the Magistrate and substance and

weight of their evidence(the evidence to be recorded on separate sheet of papers)

  1. Opinion of the Magistrate as to the cause of death as could be ascertained by him,

based on his inspection of the scene, close examination of the dead body and

evidences adduced by the witnesses.

  1. Whenever there are wounds, fractures, bruises and other marks of injury as may be

found on the body the Magistrate should state in what manner or by what weapon or

instrument, if any, such injuries/marks appear to have been caused.

  1. Sketch plan of the place where the dead body is found & photograph taken, if any

Has the Magistrate held the inquest in addition to or in lieu of the Police                  investigation u/s 174/175 Cr Pc ?


Upon a consideration of the totality of the material including  the examination of the dead body , inspection of the scene & testimony of the witnesses, are there grounds for suspecting foul play ?

Is it a case where the person died in police custody ?

Action proposed to be taken, if any, in pursuance of the Magisterial  inquest .


Signatures of the persons present

as mentioned in item 9.

Name of the Magistrate-:

Signature of the Magistrate with date & seal


MEMO NO ………………………………………………..DATE ……………….

Copy to -:

Executive Magistrate, …………….

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