Attempts made by the family members of a youth who died on Sunday to cremate the body in a hurry, raised the suspicion of the Corporation workers at Thathaneri crematorium. They immediately alerted the City police.
The Subramaniapuram police took the body in their custody and sent it to the Government Rajaji Hospital for post-mortem late on Monday night.
The police said the family of the deceased, Manivasagan, owned seven acres of agricultural land in Solaimalaikadu in Kodaikanal.
They lived in a house at Palanganatham Agraharam.
The family members had been to Kodaikanal, where Manivasagan consumed liquor with his brother Manimaran on Sunday and was understood to have collapsed.
Later, he was treated at a hospital in the foothills of Kodaikanal, where the family members were asked to rush him to another hospital in Oddanchathram. But on reaching the hospital, he was declared dead.
Then the family members took the body to Pallapatti and tried to cremate it.
However, since the local residents objected to it, they brought the body to Palanganatham in the early hours of Monday.
When they took the body to Moolakarai crematorium, the Corporation employees refused to take the body as the family members and relatives gave different reasons for his death.
Then the family members took Manivasagan’s body to Thathaneri crematorium and created a ruckus, urging the Corporation employees to cremate it immediately. The workers alerted the police.
The city police have alerted the Thandigudi police in Kodaikanal about the incident. Further investigation is on.