Scribe murder: Boyfriend to be quizzed

With no leads emerging, Police will question the boyfriend of slain journalist Nirupama Pathak.

Koderma, Jharkhand: The district medical officer sought an explanation from doctors, who conducted autopsy on the body of journalist Nirupama Pathak, whose death in her Koderma home here is being suspected as a case of honour killing by her family.

An explanation has been sought from the three doctors, who conducted the post-mortem, for not preserving the viscera, District Civil Surgeon Dr. B. Mohan said adding perhaps "the doctors did not feel that necessary as the `nucoid fluid` in the nucosa walls of stomach of the victim was normal (three ounce)."

"I do not think it will hamper the ongoing probe in anyway but still the trio Dr. Shiv Kumar, Dr. Ashish Kumar and Dr. K B Singh should have preserved it," Mohan said.

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

Pathak?s mother Subha, suspected to have a hand in her death, had already been arrested after post-mortem report confirmed that the scribe had died of asphyxia as a result of

The Delhi-based journalist of a business daily, herself a Brahmin, was planning to marry her batchmate at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, who hailed
from another caste and was murdered allegedly by her family members as they were against it.

Boyfriend to be quizzed

The Jharkhand Police will question the Delhi-based boyfriend of journalist Nirupama Pathak.

“We will send a team to Delhi to question Priyabhanshu (Ranjan) in the Nirupama murder case. He will be questioned with the help of Delhi Police,” Superintendent of Police G Kranti Kumar told reporters Koderma, about 200 km from here. Ranjan is also a journalist based in New Delhi.

Officials from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and forensic experts visited her home in Koderma town Tuesday.

Police have arrested Sudha Devi, mother of 23-year-old Nirupama, and are questioning the dead journalist’s father and brothers about what some believe to be a case of “honour killing”.

Police officials say the mother is not revealing much.

The family insists that Nirupama committed suicide. But the post-mortem examination says she was murdered by smothering and that was 10-12 weeks pregnant.

The family has admitted that they were opposed to Nirupama’s planned marriage with Priyabhanshu, her former batchmate at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

Nirupama’s brother Samrendra says his family is innocent and that it is Priyabhanshu Ranjan who should be arrested “for the death of Nirupama”.