Family wanted to avoid autopsy, Collector refuses

The death of two children in a pond at Kanniyala, Pattikkad, near Perinthalmanna here on Sunday evening, kicked up a row after their family tried to hush up the incident by avoiding the mandatory post-mortem examination.

District Collector K. Biju intervened and asked the revenue and police authorities to deal with the matter as per law. He said bypassing the law on sentimental grounds would not be allowed.

K.P. Mohammed Irfan, 9, son of Sadakathullah, and his cousin Mohammed Shibili, 9, son of K.P. Mohammed, had gone missing since morning.

Their bodies were found in a pond about 500 from their house, where they had reportedly gone fishing.

Irfan was a Class 3 student of Darul Falah English School, Poopalam. Shibili was in Class 4 at A.M.L.P. School, Kanniyala. The police said they were not informed of the deaths. There were no complaints. Local civic authorities had reportedly agreed to exempt the post-mortem examination.

Mr. Biju said exempting post-mortem examination in a case of unnatural death was beyond question. He asked the revenue officials to conduct an inquiry into the situation which led to the exemption of the post-mortem.

The Principal of Darul Falah English School said that it would be a holiday for the school on Monday.

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