Kozhikode (Kerala), Oct 4 (IANS) The Kerala Police, probing the mysterious death of six people in a family between 2002 to 2016, on Friday exhumed their bodies for a scientific probe.
The police, dug in the cemetery at two churches near here, to take samples for conducting scientific tests.
Speaking to the media soon after the exhumation, Superindent of Police K.T. Simon said that the probe is going on in the right direction.
“One thing that has happened in all these deaths is that all of them died soon after taking food. Kerala Police is quite capable of unravelling any case and it has proved in the past also when it has solved cases which are much older than this one,” he said.
The deaths occurred in the family of retired government official Tom Thomas.
The first to die was his wife, retired teacher Annamma in 2002, followed by Thomas in 2008. Then in 2011, their son Roy died, followed by the death of his maternal uncle Mathew in 2014.
Then the next year, the two-year-old child of Sily, a relative by marriage of the family, died and in 2016, Sily also passed away.
The police began the probe after Rojo, the son of the couple and settled in the US, filed a complaint.
According to the police, the exhumation was done after finding the death of Roy was caused due to poisoning and the police probe team, after questioning a few suspects, decided to conduct a detailed probe into the other deaths by taking out the bodies.
The police have now asked a few people who have been questioned to make themselves available at any time they are asked to be present.
The police also have noticed that there were a few property deals that took place in the family, which was one of the reasons for Rojo to file a complaint with the police.