Nayana Surya death: Prime inference was murder; retd surgeon slams police for distorting statement

Retired forensic surgeon K Sasikala, Nayana Surya | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Retired forensic surgeon K Sasilkala raised serious allegations against police in connection with the death of young film director Nayana Surya. Sasilkala said that she had inferred the possibility of murder. “My statement was distorted," claimed the former police surgeon, who conducted the autopsy of Nayana.

The surgeon said that she had mentioned the condition ‘sexual asphyxia’ but only as a second probability as it was a rare case. However, police twisted her statement and noted it as the cause of death.

“I had visited the site of death due to the possibility of murder. An investigation officer had said that the door was breached to get into the room as it was closed from inside. A crumpled blanket was found near the body. I pointed out that it might be used to strangulate the victim or it could be a disorder called asphyxiophilia when a person attempts to deprive oxygen of oneself. However, the second possibility was a rare occurrence," said the surgeon.

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The cause of death was inferred as strangulation by considering the change in colour on the neck and other eight wounds on the body. Police were also informed about injuries to internal organs. However, none of them were included in the statement that surfaced now. Samples of Nayana’s nails were handed over to a woman police officer. The investigation team had to send samples for testing, said Sasikala.

“A word which means ‘immoral conduct’ has been found in the statement. But I had not used any such words,” asserted the surgeon.

Nayana Surya was found dead in her rented house at Althara Nagar in Thiruvananthapuram on February 24, 2019. She was working as an assistant director of director Lenin Rajendran.

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