Recovery of capsules from Zambian woman's body rattles police

  • Aseem Bassi, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2015 17:19 IST

The recent death of a Zambian woman under mysterious circumstances has rattled the police and intelligence agencies after 50 capsules were found from her body during the post-mortem.

This was revealed after the post-mortem on Friday. Twala Keltha (30) had died in a local hospital after being handed over to India by the Pakistani authorities on June 26.

Though the content of the capsules is yet to be ascertained, the recovery has raised brows and there is suspicion that these could be drugs.

SSP Amritsar (rural) Jasdeep Singh told HT, "The post-mortem was conducted on Friday and 50 capsules were found from the body. Each capsule has 15 to 16 grams of chemical. We cannot say what exactly it is but we are sending this for chemical examination to know the content. A total of 725 grams of powder was present in the capsules."

"We cannot say if it is a case of narcotic smuggling but we do not rule out anything till we get the report of the chemical examination. There have been instances in the past too wherein people packed narcotics inside their bodies. Body packers are common and in the past also, catches have been made, but in this case, there is no clarity. We are waiting for the report," the SSP said.

When the woman was handed over to the Indian authorities by Pakistani Rangers, she was in a semi-conscious condition. It is also being apprehended that her condition deteriorated due to the presence of these capsules in her body and it is likely that the capsules burst inside.

The SSP claimed that no family member of the Zambian woman came to Amritsar but an official from the embassy did come.

He said that after the post-mortem, she was buried in Amritsar on Saturday morning.

About the woman

She had come to Attari on June 25 evening aboard a Delhi-Lahore bus and was told not to continue her journey until she got a Pakistani visa.

But when the Pakistani officials said they'd grant her visa on arrival, she was allowed to cross over, but then they told the Indian authorities to take her back. But as the border had closed and the Indian officials had left, she had to spend the night on the Pakistani side.

On the morning of June 26, she was handed over to the Indian authorities in a semi-conscious condition. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, where she died on June 27.

The police said she had come to Maharashtra on a business invitation. The Indian authorities had sounded the ministry of external affairs.

also read

Punjab govt releases 6% DA for employees, pensioners
Show comments