Mumbai: Rehab and Rameez Chougle suddenly started suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting on Wednesday last week and died the very next day. Relatives and friends have been shocked by the deaths of two Versova-based siblings, who died within 24 hours of each other after exhibiting the same set of symptoms. While their parents and family are still reeling from the shock of the unexpected deaths, mystery reigns over what caused them to experience similar physical complaints simultaneously, collapse within hours of each other, and then die in such close succession.
The police on Wednesday collected Rehab Chougles stomach wash, which had been preserved by doctors at Criti Care hospital. They are now making arrangements to send the same to the Forensics Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina. Statements of various people are also being recorded.
Meanwhile, the forensics scientists at Kalina have already started testing on the residue of grey powder that was found in their residence. Rukmini Krishnamurthy, former FSL director and technical advisor to the Institute of Forensics Science run by the state government, told MiD DAY that even if the residue of grey powder turns out to be poison, the same would have to be matched against the viscera samples of the deceased. For this, exhumation of the body for retrieval of organs is necessary, as the post mortem surgeon did not preserve the viscera.
Also, it is unclear why the police haven't collected the garments Rameez and Rehab were wearing prior to their
02:56 PM, Jul 13, 2012