Shriya Prasad case: Parents oppose re-postmortem, forensic experts insist on it
Hyderabad: The family of Shriya Prasad was disappointed on Friday as her body could not be exhumed due to a dispute with forensic authorities.The family wanted exhumation and preservation of the remains for further investigation and not a re-postmortem. However, the forensic authorities of Gandhi Hospital said that a postmortem had to be done. Another problem is that the HC order did not include the forensic department as a respondent.
The city-based family had accused the Gitam University of criminal cover-up in their 19-year-old daughter's death. Alwal assistant commissioner of police Syed Rafeeq said, “The exhumation could not be done as the family of the deceased insisted on exhumation and preservation of the remains for further investigation and not a re-postmortem as per the High Court order. But professors of the forensic department said that exhumation includes re-postmortem too. This led to a dispute between the family and forensic experts.”
Neredmet mandal revenue officer P.H. Vijay who supervised the procedure said, “The family has been asked to approach the HC on Tuesday for specific orders on the exhumation.The family of Shriya Prasad had alleged that officials of Gitam University's Vishakapatnam hostel had manipulated the death of their daughter, a BTech second year student, to make it appear like a suicide. Parents say the evidence they collected indicates manipulation of facts.
The copy of the First Information Report (FIR) states that the girl died at 5 pm on February 12 but her Facebook account was active at 5.24 pm.The suicide note found in the room is not in her handwriting, the family said. The parents approached the Hyderabad High Court and it directed the Neredmet mandal revenue police commissioner to exhume the body and preserve the remains for further investigation.