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Doubts raised over Nirupama's autopsy report

May 06, 2010 12:54 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Jharkhand Police say they are convinced that journalist Nirupama Pathak was murdered, and didn't commit suicide. Nirupama's mother remains the prime suspect in the case. But now there is confusion on whether norms were violated during the autopsy of Nirupama's body.

Koderma district chief civil surgeon Pranoy Mohan has now claimed that doctors under his own jurisdiction did not follow norms by failing to preserve the viscera and foetus while conducting autopsy on Nirupama's body.

They are fools as they did not preserve the body. By the time I asked them to get it back they had cremated it," claimed chief civil surgeon Pranoy Mohan.

Ironically, the police appeared convinced no norms were violated by the doctors.

Hazaribagh DIG MS Bhatia defended the doctors saying, "There were no violations of norms on post-mortem. Viscera of the dead body is preserved only in case of poisoning. As it was not a case of poisoning, no one was directed to preserve the viscera. The foetus is preserved in the rarest of the case, only when there's a need to establish the identity of the father or any DNA tests are to be conducted. The theory of death due to hanging has been ruled out as no bone of her neck was broken. In case of hanging death, this is bound to happen."

Soon after the twist Nirupama's brother demanded investigating agencies question her boyfriend, Priyabanshu Ranjan.

"When the doctors knew that they have written order that they have to preserve the viscera and other body parts, why didn't they do so? How can the post-mortem report be leaked by the media before coming to them? So this whole thing is fabricated, and I request the nation to please stand by me to bring out the truth of this case," said Shailendra.

Jharkhand Police, meanwhile, maintained Nirupama's mother was the prime suspect. But added the possibility of more family members being involved in the 22-year-old journalist's death could not be ruled out.