Kochi: The Crime Branch has several questions to answer when it takes over the case of the unnatural death of Mishel Shaji in Kochi.
The 18-year-old aspiring chartered accountant was found dead in the Kochi Lake near Willingdon Island on March 6. The local police initially tried to close the case as suicide but relentless pressure from her family has forced the government to put the Crime Branch on the job.
Mishel’s relatives cite a lack of clarity in the post-mortem report when they insist that the girl had not ended her life. The next round of the investigation hinges on clues left out by the local police, including the gaps in the post-mortem report.
The mourning family raises three questions.
1. The post-mortem report has not pinpointed the time of the death. The people who recovered the body in the evening had said that it had not decayed beyond 12 hours. If they were right, where was Mishel since March 5 evening? She left her hostel in Kochi at 4 pm on Sunday.
2. Mishel’s skin did not have any signs of being in water for 24 hours. The body had no marks of fish bites. She had contusion marks on either side of her nose. How to rule out the possibility of the girl being strangled?
3. The post-mortem report concludes that the girl had drowned but why have the doctors not said if her internal organs contained traces of water?
The police have sent Mishel’s viscera and bone marrow for forensic examinations. The investigating team is waiting for the report to throw light on the mystery.