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Sunanda Pushkar cremated, doctors say her death unnatural

The doctors have also said that there were some injuries, the nature of which cannot be revealed.


Updated:January 18, 2014, 2:35 PM IST
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Sunanda Pushkar cremated, doctors say her death unnatural
The doctors have also said that there were some injuries, the nature of which cannot be revealed.

New Delhi: 5: 30 pm: Sunanda Pushkar cremated at Lodhi road crematorium.

4:42 pm: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit reaches Shashi Tharoor's residence.

4:00 pm: The doctors have said that Sunanda Pushkar died between 3 & 7 pm on Friday and her viscera has been preserved to ascertain whether there was poisoning or not.

2:47 pm: The doctors at AIIMS say Sunanda Pushkar's death is a case of unnatural sudden death and no poisoning have been found. Doctors say that the toxicology analysis results are awaited and will be used to ascertain whether this a case of poisoning.

The doctors have also said that there were some injuries, the nature of which cannot be revealed. "There were certain injuries on the body. The nature of these injuries cannot be revealed," Dr Gupta said.

The doctors say the post-mortem report will be finalised in a couple of days. "We will finalise the post-mortem report in a couple of days. We have taken photographs of the whole procedure," Dr Gupta said.

2:36 pm: Tharoor has reached the AIIMS mortuary. According the reports, Sunanda's post mortem is over. The AIIMS Director had constituted a 3-member panel of doctors for carrying out the post-mortem. Her funeral is expected to take place at 4:30 pm.

2:30 pm: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has been discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after doctors said that his condition was stable. He had been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the AIIMS on Friday night after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain soon after his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate is likely to take Tharoor's formal statement on his wife's death after her funeral. The police would take Tharoor's health condition into consideration before speaking to him. The police had been delaying the statement because they wanted the initial post-mortem report to base the questioning on.

Dr Vijayraghavan, Vice Chairman of the KIMS hospital, where Pushkar was admitted a few days back, said, "There was no life threatening disease to Sunanda. She walked out of the hospital and she attended a function after being discharged from the hospital."

Sunanda was found dead on Friday evening at Delhi's Leela Palace Hotel. She had been suffering from emotional turmoil as well as physical ailments like Lupus and stomach TB. Her body was found by Shashi Tharoor at around 8:30 PM on Friday evening in their hotel room number 345 after he returned from the All India Congress Committee meeting. The tragic death has sent shockwaves through the national capital and the political class.

A SDM level/inquest enquiry has been ordered under Section 176 as her marriage with Shashi Tharoor was less than seven years old. Delhi Police refused to elaborate saying it is waiting for the SDM to submit a report on the case.

"Forensic experts are collecting scientific evidence," said Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat.

The police investigating Sunanda Pushkar's death questioned a number of hotel staff and checked the CCTV fotage of the lobby of the third floor of the luxury hotel where she was staying. Sources in the police said call details record of Pushkar was also being checked as part of the probe into her death. A team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) reached the hotel around 10:30 PM and immediately swung into action.

The 52-year-old Sunanda had checked in on Thursday apparently because her home was undergoing repairs. Police sources say Sunanda was last seen at 3.30 PM on Friday in the hotel lobby. The house keeping staff knocked at her room's door at 7:30 PM but there was no response, sources say. The room was opened with another swipe card and her dead body was found on the bed.

"Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her hotel room, lying in her bed, at around 8.30 pm on Friday," said Shashi Tharoor's Personal Secretary Abhinav Kumar.

Just 12 hours ago, Sunanda had been embroiled in a very public spat on Twitter. The Twitter war was nothing short of sensational. It started after a string of tweets from Shashi Tharoor's Twitter handle which was apparently hacked and then from Sunanda. The tweets were Mehr and it was followed by a response from Mehr Tarar.

Sunanda had accused Mehr Tarar of having a relationship with her husband. She had accused Tarar of stalking her husband and of being an ISI agent. "We have a hacker and she is stalking my husband. She has hacked into my husband's computer, into my computer. She is an ISI agent," Sunanda Pushkar had said on Thursday.

Finally, a Facebook post from the couple claimed that all was well. Yet just 12 hours later after the post, Sunanda was dead.

She was suffering from Lupus, and had been recently diagnosed with stomach TB. Whether her death was in fact a suicide will only be established after the post-mortem.

From Twitter to tragedy in 24 hours, the death of Sunanda, the attractive wife of a dashing Central minister, will remain a reminder of the harsh realities and mental agony that sometimes underlie the life of power and glamour.

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