The autopsy of P Ramkumar, the murder suspect in the Swathi case in Chennai, was performed on Saturday at the Government Royapettah Hospital by a team of five doctors including one expert from AIIMS.
The Times of India reported:
The forensic experts team comprised doctors S Selvakumar and Manikandaraj from Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, K Vinodh from Government Royapettah Hospital and Balasubramanian from Stanley Medical College and Hospital, besides Gupta (from AIIMS). The autopsy was completed in about two hours but the autopsy report on the cause of his death could take a few more weeks.
The report adds that the whole process was videographed with two cameras and monitored by magistrate Tamil Selvi, who is investigating the death.
The body was handed over to Ramkumar's family on Saturday evening for cremation.
On September 18, Ramkumar allegedly took his own life by biting a live wire at the Puzhal central jail where he was lodged.
Earlier, the Madras High Court deferred the post-mortem till September 30 after Ramkumar’s father wanted a doctor of his choice in the autopsy panel and sought time for moving the Supreme Court on the issue.
The high court said if the petitioner failed to obtain an order from the Supreme Court by September 30, then the post-mortem should be conducted on October 1.
“My son had five scars on his body three in the neck and two on the left side of his chest. After his death, this is the first time I am seeing him," Paramasivam told TOI.
The Hindu reported that this was the first time after the alleged suicide, Ramkumar’s family member Paramasivam was allowed to identify the body and added that security was beefed up around the hospital during the procedure.