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Police get permission from Collector’s office to exhume body

The Versova police on Tuesday got permission from the suburban Collector’s office to exhume the body of Rameez Choughule, one of the siblings from Versova who lost their lives because of alleged pesticide poisoning last month.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2012 01:45 AM IST

The Versova police on Tuesday got permission from the suburban Collector’s office to exhume the body of Rameez Choughule, one of the siblings from Versova who lost their lives because of alleged pesticide poisoning last month.

“We have given the Versova police permission on Tuesday to exhume Rameez’s body, so that the cause of his death can be ascertained. The police will now decide on a time convenient for them, a local magistrate and a doctor. The process should be completed in the next three days,” said Sanjay Deshmukh, the suburban collector.

The Versova police, on Friday, had written to the Collector’s office for permission to exhume the body of Rameez. “We had sought permission for the exhumation in order to ascertain the cause of Rameez’s death. The expert medical panel of four doctors, in their report, had said that to ascertain the actual cause of Rameez and his sister Rehab’s deaths, a fresh post mortem had to be conducted on their bodies,” said a senior official who did not wish to be named.

The police said Rehab’s final post mortem report revealed that she had died from phosphine poisoning. Traces of aluminium phosphide, were found in her stomach and on her lungs. “There is a question mark on Rameez’s death as no post mortem was conducted on his body,” said the official.

So far, three arrests have been made in the case. The Versova police had earlier arrested Rukshar Almekar, who conducted the pest control. After Almekar told police she had bought the chemical used for the pest control from a Borivli chemical store, the police arrested the shop owner, HM Shah.

After Shah’s revelation that he had procured the chemicals from Pune, the police arrested the Pune-based owner, Piyush Paraikh. The trio is currently out on bail.

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