12 cases of unnatural deaths will be re-opened

Mysore City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal told Deccan Herald, after going through police records of suspicious death of women in the age group of 20-30 in lodges near bus stand, the FSL report had confirmed of one death due to cyanide.
The cause of death of 11 other women had been attributed to poisoning, pesticide and tuberculosis by the FSL. The department was re-examining the records to see whether it corroborates with the statement of teacher-turned-serial killer Mohan Kumar. After the bodies were recovered from the toilets of bus stands, the police have closed the file with the permission of executive magistrate.

The police commissioner said, if necessary, the bodies would be exhumed. Interestingly, there were no claimants for any body. As per procedure, after post-mortem and collecting viscera, the unclaimed bodies are kept for sometime and then disposed of after certain time, by taking pictures of victims for record purpose. Even if they exhume now, the cause of the death could be ascertained thanks to latest technology. The services of police officers during whose period those deaths took place, would be utilised to get more information. The department would also re-open all those cases and convert those
cases into murder from ‘unnatural death’, after collecting concrete evidence.

Sunil pointed out that the accused’s statement was not tallying with that of police records being maintained by the police station concerned. The Mysore police, if needed, would move a body warrant in Dakshina Kannada court to secure the custody of Mohan Kumar, as majority of the cases had been reported in Mysore. A circle inspector attached to Lashkar police station  attended a meeting in Mangalore on Saturday. The police would take suitable decision depending upon the outcome of the Mangalore’s meeting, he added.

However, according to preliminary investigations, Mohan Kumar may have killed at least four women in Mysore, sources told Deccan Herald. The parents of two such victims, who were identified later, are also likely to be summoned for investigation, they added.

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