A woman’s body, which was about to be consigned to flames at a crematorium, was taken away by the police from the funeral pyre to a mortuary.
As the woman was married, the body was decked up in bridal finery and it was sent with the bier for post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death.
The deceased, Anamika, 30, a resident of Kolipura (Mangalwara), died on Friday and the family had allegedly passed it off as death due to illness.
The woman’s parents at Jhansi were reportedly informed and they did not oppose performance of the last rites on the same day but they later smelt a rat.
They managed to get a phone call made from the Jhansi SP office to his Bhopal counterpart’s office and the police station was informed to stop the last rites.
Policemen rushed to the Chhola Vishram Ghat and took possession of the body when it was about to be consigned to flames. And much to chagrin of those present, they took the body to the mortuary.
The police said the preliminary post-mortem report points the needle at poisoning as the cause of death. In fact, the family members had allegedly told people that Anamika died of tuberculosis and had reportedly shown some reports about her illness to the local police.
Now the police have registered a case under section 174 of the CrPC. Anamika was married to Laxman Pawar, a tailor who resides at Kolipura, nearly five years back..
The deceased’s father BK Verma, who lives in Jhansi, has suspected that his daughter was poisoned. The Mangalwara police have begun investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman.