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Cops seeks Twitter aid in Sunanda death probe.

THE Delhi Police, which could not solve the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, the wife of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, has written to social networking site Twitter seeking the details of her account.

A senior police officer told M AIL T ODAY that the details of Pushkar's account would be thoroughly examined as part of the probe into her death. " We want to examine all the details of her twitter account and tweets in her last days. We have also asked the social networking site to retrieve all deleted messages from her account," the officer said.

Sunanda was found dead at a Delhi fivestar hotel on the night of January 17 after a tumultuous two days that saw her engage in a very public Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, whom she believed to be having an affair with Tharoor. The autopsy report had mentioned more than a dozen injury marks on Sunanda's hands and an abrasion on her cheek, which suggested a " use of blunt force", besides a " deep teeth bite" on the edge of her left palm. Her viscera samples were preserved after the autopsy was conducted at AIIMS and sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory ( CFSL) for further tests.

The CFSL report hinted at drug poisoning, but its findings were not conclusive enough to file an FIR in the case, according to the Delhi Police. The search and seizure memorandum of the police, which is a part of the report, mentioned finding of a mix of two drugs -- Alprazolam and Excedrin.

Excedrin is a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine while Alprazolam is an anxiolytic.

Failing to make any headway in the case even 11 months after her death, the Delhi Police is still struggling to find any clue to solve the mystery. The AIIMS panel, according to sources, had reiterated its earlier findings that Sunanda's kidney, liver and heart were functioning normally at the time of death. The Delhi Police had reportedly found three empty packets of the sedative alprax from the hotel room where she died, and hitherto, drug overdose was widely believed to be the cause of her death.

Delhi Police chief B. S. Bassi had dismissed suggestions that the police had been lackadaisical in collecting evidence and that the investigation should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation, asserting that the force was competent enough to handle the case.

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Date:Nov 5, 2014
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