New Delhi, July 26: The postmortem report of the three minor girls who were found dead in east Delhi’s Mandawali area revealed gross malnutrition, news agency ANI reported. “There was no trace of fat on their bodies. Postmortem showed the stomach was absolutely empty. It’s a case of gross malnutrition,” Dr Amita Saxena from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital told the news agency.

It must be noted that all the three sisters, all minor, aged two, four and eight, were found dead under mysterious circumstances in east Delhi’s Mandawali area on July 23. Initial Reports suggested that their father left the house for work on Monday but never came back. Later, the girls were found unconscious in the afternoon. They were immediately rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital where they were declared brought dead. There were no external injuries on the bodies. An inquiry was initiated under Section 174 of CrPC.

The girls were brought to a hospital by their mother and a friend at around 1 pm on Tuesday, and the hospital authorities informed police about their deaths. Police said that after a forensic team inspected the house of the family, they found some medicine bottles and pills for treating loose motion. Soon after the girls died, the hospital authorities informed the police.

The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the deaths of three minor girls after the initial post-mortem report indicated that they died of starvation. “The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the matter,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet.

The girls’ father, a casual labourer, is missing since yesterday, though locals said he had gone in search of work and would return in a couple of days. He used to ride a rickshaw on rent.

Their mother is not “mentally sound” and told police that she did not know what happened to her daughters and how they died. Initially, it seemed to be a case of natural death but with the medicine bottles being recovered, police want to ensure that there was no foul play in the death of the girls.