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Kalabhavan Mani’s viscera shows traces of insecticide, aides under scanner

The regional chemical laboratory on Friday handed over the report to the police, who have already registered a case of unnatural death.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: March 19, 2016 1:46 am
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The mystery around the death of Malayalam film actor Kalabhavan Mani deepened after the chemical examination of his viscera samples reported presence of an organophosphate insecticide.

The chemical examination report, which showed the presence of pest control substance Chlorpyrifos, came close on the finding of the police that spurious liquor was used at the actor’s farm house at Chalakkudy.

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The regional chemical laboratory on Friday handed over the report to the police, who have already registered a case of unnatural death.

The police have taken into custody Mani’s three close aides in connection with the probe. His family members have also raised suspicion about the conduct of the friends on the day before he was taken into hospital.

Mani, a versatile actor and folk singer, had died on March 6 in a private hospital in Kochi. The unexpected death of the 45-year-old actor raised a storm after the presence of methyl alcohol was detected in his blood.

Subsequently, the police had registered a case and questioned several persons, including small-time actors Jaffer Idukki and Tharikida Sabu, who had been with Mani at the farm house a day before he was hospitalised.

Mani’s family members deposed before the police that while Mani was in hospital, his farm house, where he used to drink with friends, was cleaned in haste by the aides, Vipin, Murukan and Arun. Local residents have informed the police that spurious liquor used to be ferried to the farm house when film personalities and friends visited Mani.

Mani’s brother R L V Ramakrishnan told media that the family has serious doubts about the death. “The conduct of his three aides raises doubts. On hearing that methyl alcohol was detected in Mani’s blood, these friends returned from the hospital in Kochi to Chalakkudy and cleaned the farm house. They have destroyed evidence. These friend had never answered to our doubts about what type of liquor Mani had consumed at the farm house,’’ said Ramakrishnan.

Ramakrishnan said Mani was spoiled by his friends, who used to force him to consume liquor. Doctors had warned Mani against using liquor as he had developed symptoms of liver cirrhosis.

He said Mani would never commit suicide as a person who had weathered several hardships in life before becoming a film star.

Police sources said the three aides are still in their custody as part of the investigation. The postmortem report had indicated that Mani had been suffering from an advanced stage of cirrhosis.

Dr Sumesh, who had first treated Mani after he was found unwell at the farm house, told media that Mani had vomited several times before being shifted to the hospital.

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  1. Anita Menon
    Mar 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    Mani was 45 years old and grown man. If he knows he has liver cirrhosis , then it's he who should make it his priority not to consume alcohol. It's so easy to blame someone else that they forced Mani to drink alcohol. Mani is not a child to be forced to do something he does not want to do.
    1. M
      Mar 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm
      In Kerala, alcoholism is ociated with a kind of "manhood".... Mani's pion for spurious liquor is in line with all those 3rd rate characters who pride themselves at consuming such so called liquor and going around on all 4s... This is a simple case of somebody falling victim to prolonged abuse of spurious liquor....that night Mani pulled out his "special stock" from his almirah while his 3 lackeys had beer ......simple..... sorry Mani-chetta ...I admire your life ....and enjo your movies...I respect you for taking care of the poor but that was a foolish death to die....
      1. N
        Mar 18, 2016 at 10:04 am
        Illicit liquor which contains poisons freely available in Kerala with the connivance of ruling party.
        1. S
          sajith Nair
          Mar 18, 2016 at 5:24 pm
          Mani a reputed actor was no more in the industry was a bad news at all so what remains to be shaken hearing this viscera testing result.