Sunanda Pushkar may have died of Alprax overdose, FBI reports; Bassi says death not natural

Sunanda Pushkar death: "Have been told that Medical Board's advice in late Sunanda's case has been received," Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said in a tweet.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral , Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2016 9:19 am
Sunanda Pushkar, Sunanda Pushkar death, Sunanda death, Sunanda murder case, Sunanda Pushkar viscera report, Sunanda FBI, delhi police, Sunanda pushkar news, MP shashi tharoor, delhi police sunanda case, india news The FBI report had virtually ruled out the theory of ‘polonium poisoning’ having caused Sunanda Pushkar’s death  inside her suite at a five-star hotel in January 2014.

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, may have died of poisoning due to an overdose of the anti-anxiety drug Alprax, according to sources in Delhi Police. The assessment is based on a report prepared by an AIIMS medical board, which analysed the findings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Pushkar’s viscera samples, said sources.

The medical board submitted its report on Friday to a police Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Pushkar’s death in a New Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014.

“It appears that she took multiple tablets of Alprax which generated poison in her body which finally killed her. We are now probing whether she took the tablets or was given a high dose,” said sources.

Taken usually in a 0.25-mg dose, Alprax acts as a tranquiliser to control anxiety. Doctors prescribe it as a sleep inducer to some patients — in very high doses it can be fatal.

In a statement, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said Pushkar’s death was unnatural but added that no radioactive substance was found inside her body.

“The police will take the case’s investigation to its logical conclusion. The report received from AIIMS is detailed, running into 11 pages and containing an annexure of 30 pages,” said Bassi.

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“Radiation levels in Pushkar’s body were found to be within the acceptable range and the cause of death is poisoning,” said the police chief.

He refused to divulge the name of the poisonous substance. “Members of the SIT will examine the AIIMS report and will reach a conclusion soon,” said Bassi.

The FBI report, which came in the first week of November last year, was sent to the AIIMS medical board for “a final observation”. It “reiterated” the findings of an earlier report by AIIMS, said the institute’s forensic department chief Dr Sudhir Gupta.

“The FBI team has reiterated our findings and fully endorsed the AIIMS report, which said the cause of death is poisoning. Based on circumstantial evidence, we had identified some chemicals which could act as poisons. The FBI team has identified the same chemicals in all of Pushkar’s samples,” said Dr Gupta.

The AIIMS report had identified Ethyl Alcohol, Alprazolam, caffeine, Acetaminophen and Cotinine among other chemicals, said sources. The FBI report has said that some of these chemicals, when given in an injectible form, can cause death, they said.

Dr Gupta said he continued to stand by his team’s findings that the cause of death was poisoning. “We have maintained our findings from the start. This is not a natural death and it appears to be a case of death from poisoning. Based on all the forensic reports, I continue to stand by our findings,” said Dr Gupta.

According to sources, the board also questioned how two government laboratories — Central Forensic Science Laboratory and Forensic Science Laboratory — failed to identify the chemicals in Pushkar’s viscera samples even though the earlier report mentioned the possible cause of death.

The report said this “raises grave concerns about the quality of investigation, custody and analysis of biological evidences, since two Delhi laboratories couldn’t detect the poison which has been clearly mentioned in the post-mortem report which stalled the investigations,” said sources.

Earlier, Bassi tweeted that Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra will review the progress of the case. “Have been told that Medical Board’s advice in late Sunanda’s case has been received. Deepak is reviewing progress. Merits shall be ensured,” stated the tweet.

(With inputs from Alok Singh)

 

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    Modi_BUTTkth
    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:31 am
    Which dating AGENGY brokered the nuptials between Kerala brahmin and Kashmere brahmin. They are good at such filthy activities, like SubRAMINION Swamy who was at the spot on the night she was killed.
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      All.the.game
      Jan 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm
      NOW MODI WILL GET SUPPORT FROM CONGRESS FOR PING GST BILL. HE TRIED WITH NATIONAL HERALD CASE.DIDNT WORKOUT. ALL IN THE GAME MODI!We know what you are up to! And what Sonia is upto even!!
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        Gnanam
        Jan 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm
        The murder happened in Delhi. Why Kejri is silent on this matter?
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          Indiot
          Jan 15, 2016 at 11:03 am
          Only FBI has to reveal the truth if even it carried out the lab test. Wait, when onwards FBI start to work as a medical lab?
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            Rawib.News
            Jan 15, 2016 at 11:11 am
            Unless Indian external and internal agencies are complicit in/executed the murder, which is possible because all security camera records( from a 5* hotel) have vanished into thin air, there was no need to bring in a foreign investigation agency.
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              News
              Jan 15, 2016 at 11:15 am
              How is such press releases are exactly timed on every anniversary of her death? To pacify people? Then surely some murderous agency must be behind the murder. Who is that scoundrel who ordered the murder of a lonely woman?
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                Post.retirement.post
                Jan 15, 2016 at 5:09 pm
                Like Neeraj Kumar(former Delhi police c(t)hief) appoint Bi as the next chief security officer of CORRUPT BCCI.
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                  Gajendra.hatangadi
                  Jan 16, 2016 at 1:35 am
                  First news: polonium poisoning________ Second news: poisoning_____________ Third news: soning____________ Fourth news: Indians fooled
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