Viscera not preserved during autopsy of scribe's body
The district medical officer sought an explanation from doctors, who conducted autopsy on the body of journalist Nirupama Pathak, whose death in her Koderma home in Koderma is being suspected as a case of honour killing by her family.
An explanation has been sought from the three doctors, who conducted the post-mortem, for not preserving the viscera, District Civil Surgeon Dr. B. Mohan said adding perhaps "the doctors did not feel that necessary as the 'nucoid fluid' in the nucosa walls of stomach of the victim was normal (three ounce)."
"I do not think it will hamper the ongoing probe in anyway but still the trio Dr. Shiv Kumar, Dr. Ashish Kumar and Dr. K B Singh should have preserved it," Mohan said.
Forensic and CID officials yesterday collected documents, including letters and other articles from the house of Pathak's family and traced some mobile phone numbers to which the family members had called on the day of her death on April 29.
Pathak's mother Subha, suspected to have a hand in her death, had already been arrested after post-mortem report confirmed that the scribe had died of asphyxia as a result of smothering.
The Delhi-based journalist of a business daily, herself a Brahmin, was planning to marry her batchmate at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, who hailed from another caste and was murdered allegedly by her family members as they were against it.