The third postmortem on the body of music director Thumma Anil Reddy planned for Thursday could not be conducted due to the unavailability of forensic doctors.
“We could not go ahead with the third postmortem because of forensic doctors being unavailable. We will plan it after getting more information about their schedule,” assistant commissioner of police (ACP) M S Venu Gopal Rao told TOI.
Cyberabad police commissioner Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao had earlier said that the procedure was scheduled for 10.30 am on August 11 at the Bhoiguda cemetery.
The heads of Osmania and Gandhi medical colleges were to depute one forensic doctor each for conducting the postmortem. Sources however said that the police were now looking at requisitioning doctors from government hospitals other than Osmania and Gandhi. This is also exactly what Thumma Prakash Reddy, Anil Reddy’s brother had pleaded for in his petition to the high court.
However, as the court order had not been specific and had only said that doctors from two different hospitals should conduct the postmortem, the police decided to requisition one doctor each from Osmania and Gandhi hospitals.
It is reliably learnt that Thursday’s postmortem was postponed also due to another request from Prakash Reddy to the police, to conduct the postmortem with doctors from other hospitals.
Several mediapersons arrived at the Bhoiguda cemetery on Thursday morning but returned when police officials did not come to the site.
It is also learnt that the car in which Anil Reddy supposedly died, the night of April 21-22, was also examined by the police and forensic experts for the first time.
Grave No. 2189, in the second row of ‘D’ block in the Catholic cemetery at Bhoiguda, where Anil was laid to rest, will have the dubious and somewhat macabre distinction of having its occupant’s body exhumed thrice. Anil Reddy’s family say this is exactly what they wanted to avoid when they asked for a three-member panel of doctors-each from a different hospital- to be present at the second postmortem. The police however stuck to their stance and conducted the second autopsy with only one doctor from Osmania Hospital.
Anil’s case has become a tough nut for city police to crack. The results of the first autopsy said the cause of his death was due to internal injuries to the head, while a second postmortem report specified his death was due to a brain haemorrhage. An initial report, the night of his death, said he died due to a cardiac arrest. TOI