Sunanda had 'unnatural' death

NEW DELHI: The mortal remains of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union Minister Shashi Tharoor, were consigned to flames in New Delhi on Saturday evening.

The cremation took place around 5.30pm at the Lodhi crematorium in south Delhi, near the couple's residence in Lodhi Estate.

Sunanda Pushkar, who died on Friday night, had 'injury marks' on her body and it is a 'case of unnatural, sudden death', one of the doctors who conducted the autopsy said. 

'On post mortem examination we can say that it is a case of unnatural sudden death. There were certain injury marks on the body but we can't divulge details at this point,' said Sudhir Kumar Gupta, a doctor. 

'We will conclude our report and opinion in a couple of days,' he added. 

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi on Friday. 

Her death came barely 24 hours after she and Shashi Tharoor declared they were 'happily married' following public airing of tweets that hinted at an extra-marital relationship and alleged involvement of a Pakistani woman 

Cremated in red saree

The mortal remains of Sunanda were consigned to flames here Saturday evening.

The body was brought to the Lodhi crematorium in south Delhi, near the couple's residence in Lodhi Estate, around 5 p.m.

Emotions ran high as members of both the families cried on one another's shoulders, struggling to come to terms with reality.

Pushkar's father P.N. Dass hugged his daughter's body one last time as he wept inconsolably, almost collapsing on the ground before family members standing by caught hold of him.

Dass walked over to his grandson Shiv - from Sunanda's second marriage - who too had tears rolling down his cheeks.

"Don't cry," he said in his ear, as he hugged and consoled the boy.

Pushkar's body was draped in a red saree and her face was left uncovered.

The funeral pyre, made of sandalwood and showered with rose petals was lit at 5.21 p.m. by Tharoor and Shiv, both wearing white kurta-pyjamas. A blue muffler around the neck protected Tharoor from the chilly evening.

Once the final rites were performed, Shiv settled into a corner of the cremation ground. Standing alone, he kept staring at the burning pyre, lost in thought. He did not interact with any of the family members all throughout the ceremony.

Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi Friday. Agencies

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