Foetus found during dead journalist`s autopsy

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 23:46

Koderma (J`khand): A 10 to 12 week-old
foetus was found during autopsy of the Delhi-based journalist
Nirupama Pathak, whose death at her home at Tilaya near here
is being suspected as a case of honour killing, Koderma civil
surgeon B Mohan said on Wednesday.

However, the viscera and the uterus containing the foetus
was not preserved by the team of three doctors who conducted
the autopsy, he said.
It was also found that the three doctors -- Ashish Kumar,
Shiv Kumar and K B Singh, had not mentioned the time of the
strangulation which caused asphyxia leading to the death of
the 22 year-old journalist, he said, adding an explanation has
been sought from them.

Mohan said more than three persons were likely to have
been involved in the strangulation, and not only her mother
Subha or any other single person, a fact which should have
been mentioned in the post mortem report.

Subha, suspected to have a hand in Nirupama`s death, has
been arrested as the post-mortem report conflicted with the
version given by the family and is now in judicial custody.

Koderma Superintendent of Police G Kranthi Kumar said the
police would soon question Pathak`s fiance Priyabhanshu
Ranjan, who is also a journalist in Delhi, and her friends.
"Three police teams have been sent to Mumbai, Delhi and
Uttar Pradesh to interrogate Pathak`s friends including
Ranjan," he told agency adding her room in Delhi would be
searched and her roommate interrogated.

A team of forensic experts yesterday conducted
investigations in the room where the body was found, and
collected some clues, official sources said.

Forensic and CID officials collected documents, including
letters from the house and traced some mobile phone numbers to
which the family had called on the day of her death, on April
29.

Police teams have been sent to Mumbai and Gonda in Uttar
Pradesh, where Pathak`s father Dharmesh is a bank manager, and
other places to investigate his whereabouts and those of his
two sons Shailesh and Salil on the day of the murder.

The journalist, who hailed from a Brahmin family, was to
marry a person of her choice from a lower caste -- which was
not approved by her family. The secret marriage was scheduled
for March 6 in Delhi but a letter from her father prompted her
to postpone it and rush to Tilaya.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 23:46

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