6 deaths in family under mysterious circumstances
TIRUVANNAMALAI: Forensic reports have established yellow phosphorous (rat poison) as the cause of the death of six members of a family under mysterious circumstances over the past month at Thandarai village here.
Sources said the postmortem report of the sixth victim, Christha, 65, clearly indicated that it was a case of `homicide. Forensic experts who conducted histopathological tests on organ samples of Christha found yellow phosphorous in the kidney and liver. It strengthened doubts that someone close to the family was behind the act.
"It is a clear case of homicide," said a source to the postmortem. There was every possibility of the other bodies being exhumed for tests, he said.
A police team, landed at Thandarai colony here on Tuesday and held inquiries with at least 60 people there.They spent two hours there and took statements from family members and neighbours of the victims.
Before the death of Christha, five of her family - Christopher, 13, Vinod Kumar, 23, Nelson, 9, Krithika Merlin, 7 and Joseph, 75 - died between October 7 and 31.
All of them had sought treatment for vomiting and sudden blood pressure drop.
"The poison (yellow phosphorous) will react 72 hours after consumption. All the six might have been given poison-laced food three to four days ahead of the date of their demise," the officer said.
Now the query is whether the rat smelled or run over the foods and tasted or intentionally done by some of the known persons must be found out by the Investigation agency to come out with the truth.