Family faces eviction notice as Malayali basketball player's death remains unsolved

Kozhikode: The family of a Malayali basketball player Lithara, who was found hanging in a flat in Patna under mysterious circumstances, is struggling to make ends meet. It's been over a month since the family received the eviction notice.

Even after months, the family is yet to receive the death certificate from the hospital that conducted Lithara's autopsy. As a result, the family is unable to receive financial aid from the government. Lithara's father, Karunan, and her mother, Lalitha, a cancer patient, are struggling to pay back Rs 16 lakh loan taken from a bank to build a house.

Lithara was found hanging in a flat in Bihar on April 26, 2022. Her relatives alleged that she was regularly harassed by her coach Ravi Singh.

Later, her postmortem held at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science in Patna indicated that she died of asphyxiation. However, her mother alleged that her daughter's coach Ravi Singh used his political influence to prevent the family from receiving the death certificate. Without the certificate, the family cannot even apply for government benefits.

Lithara took loan two years ago and paid the monthly instalments on time. However, payments abruptly came to a halt following her death. Later, an eviction notice was issued by the bank two months ago.

The relatives said that Lithara's issues with her coach came to their knowledge only after her death. They added that police in Patna did not find her missing personal diary or launch a probe to locate her gold earrings. Meanwhile, the visuals taken from her flat also showed her belongings and furniture scattered all over the place.

The postmortem procedures were conducted quickly before the family reached Patna. However, the family alleged that the police never investigated these suspicious acts.

The family also alleged that two North Indians came to their house and threatened to withdraw the complaint. Lithara's mother said that police didn't question coach Ravi Singh even though he quarrelled with her daughter a day prior to her death.

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