As mystery shrouds the death of actor Kalabhavan Mani, the Crime Branch Superintendent of Police P.N. Unnirajan on Sunday said that he cannot confirm whether its a case of suicide or murder. The investigating officer said the probe team will examine all possibilities. The officer also confirmed that they are also examining whether here was any lapses in the medical aid given to Mani when he was found ill. The Kochi police will examine the medical assistance given to Mani.
The hospital’s CCTV footage will also be examined. Meanwhile, the police are trying to find out the source of the pesticide, which was found near Mani’s ancestral house on Saturday.
Police on Saturday searched the outhouse of Mani and collected evidence, a day after the chemical examination report confirmed the presence of highly poisonous pesticide in his viscera samples.
The investigation team recovered some chemicals during their search at ‘Padi’, the outhouse, police sources said. It would be sent for chemical examination to confirm whether it was ‘Chlorpyrifos’, the insecticide which was found in the actor’s body as per the report.
Police said the interrogation of four of his aides, who are already in police custody, is continuing in the wake of the latest developments. However, they refused to divulge further details in this regard. The chemical examination report by the Regional Chemical Examiner’s Laboratory in Kochi showed presence of ‘Chlorpyrifos’ in Mani’s body.
The report confirmed the presence of methyl and ethyl alcohol contents also in the actor’s samples.
Mani’s family members, including his wife Nimmi and brother R.L.V. Ramakrishnan voiced suspicion about the involvement of the his friends and aides in his mysterious death.
Ramakrishnan had said he feared that his brother’s friends could have allegedly given him liquor and a case for murder should be registered and probe ordered against those who were with the actor during the last moments at his Chalakudy outhouse. In the wake of the new developments, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had said that the government was prepared to order a high level inquiry if the family wished so.
The 45yearold Mani, who had carved out a niche for himself in the Malayalam and Tamil film industry, was undergoing treatment for liver and kidney diseases at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences for some time.
Police had registered a case of unnatural death after AIMS doctors informed them that traces of methyl alcohol were found in his blood.