Postmortem sheds new light onto death time of director Nayana Surya

Nayana Surya | Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Thiruvananthapuram: Young director Nayana Surya’s death case took a new turn as the autopsy report hinted that the death might have happened in the daytime. The report pointed out that Nayana’s friends had found the body only hours after the death.

The autopsy revealed that the body was at least 18 hours old when the postmortem was conducted. Nayana’s friends had informed that the body was found at nearly midnight on February 23, 2019.

The report noted that the stiffening (rigor mortis) was found only in the thighs and knees of the body. Usually, the stiffening persists all over the dead body for a few hours. The loss of the stiffening on other parts of the body suggests that the death had happened several hours before the postmortem was conducted, said experts. However, the approximate time of death was not mentioned in the autopsy report.

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Nayana’s friends reportedly arrived at her residence in Vellayambalam as she did not attend their phone calls. The cause of death was found as strangulation by considering the discoloration on her neck, and other wounds on the body. The tongue protrusion was also recorded in the autopsy. An injury similar to the one caused by a heavy stamp was found on the abdomen along with internal injuries.

The initial probe team allegedly failed to look into the murder angle and insisted that she suicided. The case was reopened after her friends came out against the police after they got hold of the postmortem report.

A Crime Branch team led by DySP Jaleel Thottathil is currently investigating the case under the supervision of SP Madhusoodanan.

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