The Versova police, investigating the mysterious deaths of siblings – Rehab and Rameez Chougale – earlier this month, have asked for medical details of the two to ascertain if they had any history of allergies that could have led to their deaths.
Rukshana Almekar, the woman who had carried out pest control at the residence of the siblings, was arrested by the Versova police on Friday. Salim, one of Almekar’s co-workers, who is also booked in the case, is yet to be arrested.
“Almekar, during interrogation, said she has been in the pest control business for several years and had never heard of any deaths being caused because of it,” said an officer from the Versova police station who did not wish to be named. “We are verifying this and have also summoned details of the siblings’ medical histories to see if they were allergic to the pesticide, which may have led to their deaths,” he added.
Almekar has been sent to police custody till July 17.
In their remand application, the police said they wanted to interrogate Almekar about the safety precautions she had taken before starting the pest control process, and the chemicals she had used.
The police are also checking if she had valid licences to carry out pest control.
Vishwas Nangre-Patil, additional commissioner of police for west region, said, “I will be speaking to doctors at the JJ Hospital on Monday. A panel of doctors will be organised to investigate the matter.”
While the Versova police had initially claimed no pest control had been carried out, they registered a case after the siblings’ mother in her statement mentioned that pest control had been carried out at their house some time before the incident took place.
The police are waiting for a report from the Forensic Science Laboratory, where they have sent Rehab’s stomach wash and a powder that they found at the Chougales’ flat.