Viscera Samples of Sunanda Pushkar to be sent to Abroad to identify Poison

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New Delhi, Jan 07: In another development in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former union minister Shashi Tharoor, Delhi police are likely to send her viscera samples to a foreign laboratory to ascertain which poison caused her death.

Yesterday, the Delhi police had registered a case under section 302 after the new evidence claimed that death of Sunanda was unnatural and it was due to poisoning.

The latest revelation stunned everyone including Tharoor, who assured the police of cooperation in the case.

Police sources said that the viscera samples of Sunanda will be sent to wither the UK or US as the quantification of poisons cannot be detected in Indian labs. It can be noted that a number of poisons listed in the report, most of which are radioactive chemicals which cannot be detected during forensic tests in Indian labs including thallium, polonium 210, nerium oleander, snake venom, photolabile poisons and heroin.

Yesterday, the medical report speculated that the poison could have been administered orally or it could also have been injected.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that it was not clear whether Sunanda (51), who was found dead in a 5-star hotel here on January 17 last year, consumed poison on her own or it was administered forcefully or by injection. He confirmed that the final medical report received from the AIIMS revealed that she died of poisoning.

Sources said Polonium 210, a radioactive isotope, is suspected to be the poison that may have caused her death.

Last year in March, the viscera report of CFSL had hinted at drug poisoning but police considered it as inconclusive and asked AIIMS to re-examine the report.

Previous medical reports had also mentioned 12 injury marks on Sunanda's body including an injection mark on her hand and a teeth bite.

The Delhi Police has constituted a Special Team to probe the case. Tharoor could be questioned in the case as his role could not be ignored. Besides him, his relatives, personal staff, employees of the hotel where Sunanda was found dead could also be cross-examined.

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