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Family identifies Mahalingam's body, scientist cremated

The body of Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant scientist Lokanath Mahalingam, which was recovered from the Kali river, was handed over to his family on Sunday after identification.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2009 00:57 IST

As it began the probe into the mysterious death of nuclear power plant scientist Loknath Mahalingam (47), the Karnataka police on Sundaywere clueless on whether he was killed or committed suicide. They said a conclusion can be reached in a couple of days after testing of his viscera.

“We cannot say anything at present. The cause of death cannot be ascertained till we receive the report of the viscera samples which have been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory, Mangalore,” a top police official said.

“We expect the FSL report to come in a couple of days. Only then will the actual cause of death be known.”

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Mahalingam, whose body was fished out of a river flowing along Kaiga township, were consigned to flames in the forest land adjacent to the township here today.

The last rites were attended by his family — wife Vinayakasundari and daughter Malavika (17) — and NPCIL officials. Mahalingam had been working in the simulator training division of Nuclear Power Corporation India Limited for the past eight years.

His body was recovered by Naval divers on Saturday night ending the suspense over his disappearance during a morning walk on June 8 at Kaiga town.

First Published: Jun 14, 2009 16:24 IST