Although the post-mortem report of Reingamphy (23), the Manipuri woman who was found dead at her rented accommodation in Chirag Dilli on May 30, has established the time of her death, it does not specify the cause, thus adding to the mystery behind the incident.

“According to the report, she died almost 36 hours before the body was found. The cause, however, is still not clear,” said a senior officer.

Earlier, the South Delhi police had suspected it to be a case of suicide as some empty medicine wrappers were found near the body. This sparked off protests from the victim’s relatives and friends and groups such as the North-East Forum for International Solidarity, and the case was transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Saturday, which invoked the murder section in the case. No one has been named in the FIR, but the Crime Branch said persons named as suspects by her relatives will be quizzed.

The Crime Branch had written to the Delhi Government for setting up a board. A Crime Branch source said the cause of death will now be ascertained by the second post-mortem and that a board of doctors for it was likely to be constituted in a day or two.

The protesters also refused to buy the police theory on the nature of injuries on the woman’s body, which they had said were caused by rat nibbles. The second post-mortem is likely to clear the air on this as well.

Sleuths have conducted another inspection of the house and the source said that it was “very unlikely” that someone could have entered the house on the ground floor from the floors above using the ventilation shaft. The door was bolted from inside and had to be broken when the body was found.

The victim, a beautician by profession, was earlier working in Chennai.

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