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Report confirms chemical poisoning

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 11, 2012
First Published: 01:37 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(11/10/2012)

Forensic reports have shown that Rameez Chougule, who died of alleged pesticide poisoning along with his sister, Rehab, had consumed the lethal chemical aluminum phosphide, which led to his death.

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The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) submitted its report to the Versova police on Tuesday, more than a fortnight after Rameez’s body was exhumed to ascertain the cause of death.

The forensic experts said that they had found residue of the chemical in his body and that some of it may have been excreted out of the body before his death.

However, officials are clueless about how the chemical, traces of which were found in his stomach, got there, as the police did not send food samples for forensic tests.

They are now in the process of concluding the exact quantity of the chemical found in the stomach, lungs, liver, spleen and kidney, which were sent for viscera analysis.

Officials said they had found aluminum phosphide in his stomach, phosphide in his lungs and aluminum in his liver and kidney. However, nothing was found in his brain.

“We sent the final report to the police on Tuesday and have mentioned that we found residual quantity of the chemical. Samples of food or liquid from the spot would have helped us ascertain if they were mixed with anything,” said an FSL official who did not wish to be named.

Forensic experts will now conduct tests on samples of the soil where Rameez was buried, and Rameez’s hair samples, for traces of the chemical. Experts said they are unlikely to find anything in the samples, as the body had not decomposed.

“We have received the report and are studying it. Appropriate legal action will be taken based on the FSL’s findings,” said Pratap Dighavkar, zonal deputy commissioner of police.


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