THRISSUR: A team of expert medical officers will be brought onboard for further investigation into the death of Kalabhavan Mani, the police sources said.
The police had been groping in the dark trying to ascertain the cause of Mani’s death as the investigation failed to make any headway. The toxicology report from the lab in Kakkanad had found pesticide content in the actor’s body.
The public clamouring, in the wake of the toxicology report, had forced the intervention of IG M R Ajithkumar and expansion of the probe team.
The police are yet to determine how the pesticide made its way into the actor’s body. One theory suggests the pesticides could have gotten in from the consumption of vegetables and sedimented over a period of time as the actor’s liver was too damaged to process the toxic content. Another theory points to murder by lacing pesticide in the actor’s food.
On March 4, Mani’s friends had arrived at his outhouse where they had reportedly consumed alcohol.
The next day, the actor had spat up blood and was rushed to a nearby hospital and later to Amrita Institute, where he passed away on Sunday.
The toxicology report, which confirmed pesticide and methanol content, lent credence to suspicions of foul play.