Mummified woman’s body in locked flat: An unexplained death — murder or natural?

Bhopal: Police is still groping in dark as short post mortem report failed to clarify cause of death of 50-year-old woman, the mummified body of whom was recovered from a locked BDA flat in Vidya Nagar under Baghsewania police station on Sunday.

Police have fanned teams to look for the ‘suspect’, the son of the deceased, however, there was no trace of him on the second day. Police had said that going by the condition of the body, it must have been there for at least six months. The neighbours have said the flat has been locked for as many months.

Police got short PM report which could only confirm the age of the deceased but did not mention the actual cause of death. Police are now waiting for the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report. Police suspect the body is of Vimla Shrivastava, aged around 50 years.

Vimla, an employee of the defunct MP Road Transport Corporation, was living in that flat with her unemployed son Amit (30), police had said. She was appointed on compassionate ground. A highly decomposed body of woman, was found in a locked flat in Vidya Nagar areas of the city on Sunday.

The body was wrapped so tightly in blankets and clothes and locked in a wooden box that it had practically “mummified”. The woman and her son was not been seen around since the past 6-7 months. SP (South) Sampat Upadhyay said, “The short PM report has not clarified the actual cause of death so we are not in position to term it a murder or natural death.

However, there was no injuries mark on body. The report confirmed the age of deceased over 50 years. We are waiting for FSL report.” Man hunt has been launched to trace Amit, said the officer. As per their neighbours, Vimla Shrivastava was suffering from kidney problems and had other health issues.

An ambulance had come to the apartment 6 months ago and we believed that she was taken to hospital, they said , adding that Amit was a drug addict. The flat was sold eight months ago but the new owner Ramveer Singh could not take possession since it was locked and he could not contact the mother-son duo.

On Sunday, the owner had reached the flat to clean it and take its possession when he found the body. Singh, said, “ Vimla Shrivastava and Amit were living in flat but flat’s registry was not executed in their favour. So, I had purchased the flat from BDA on June2, 2018.

I requested Bagsewania police to ensure possession as both had disappeared but every time SHO Umrao Singh assured me that police will trace them out and telling me to wait till any one of them appears.” Singh, who runs an eatery in same locality, further informed that he was asked by the BDA to take possession of the flat.

“Since none of the two came forward, BDA asked me to break the lock and take possession of the flat as I had its registry. I got a duplicate key and my children opened the door for white wash and shifting the household items and it was then we to our horror discovered a mummified body inside a divan,” said Singh.

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