It seems that Neelima's mysterious death evolved around the Infosys campus in Gachibowli in Hyderabad. Neelima was found in a pool of blood on Tuesday, Jul 31. She was rushed to Apollo Hospital and later doctor declared her dead.
Initial reports claimed that she committed suicide but soon her family members cried foul and other circumstances also forced the investigators and others to think in a different way. Many questions have been raised by Neelima's colleagues and family members.
Neelima, who returned to India from US as she was on three-week leave, visited the office campus for the first on Tuesday at 8:40 pm. CCTV cameras showed Neelima roaming in Block 18, the multi-storeyed parking lot in the office premise. The questions which have been haunting all are:
- Why did Neelima come to office at 8:40 pm when she did not have any work there?
- Why did not she meet any of her old colleagues?
- Why did she enter Block 18 when she did not take her car on that particular day?
- Why did she visit all those places where her project related works were not been held?
- Why should she select office building to commit suicide?
- Why should she commit suicide when she was well established and was happily married?
Several questions made all people including the investigating officials to think about the real reason behind Neelima's mysterious death. Earlier, doctors, who conducted post-mortem on the body, also said, "Abrasions were found on her neck, body and legs including deep wounds and scratch marks, indicating that there was a struggle before she fell down."
"Further, there were multiple internal injuries on Neelima's body. Some of the injuries were deep wounds besides several scratches. We also found some liquid in her stomach, most likely alcohol. Therefore, for confirmation, we are sending Neelima's blood samples to the AP Forensic Science Laboratory. The report is expected in a week," added the doctors.
However, police official on Friday claimed that it was a case of suicide. The officials also ruled out the speculation that she had an argument with someone inside and was pushed from the seventh floor of the complex. According to the investigators, Neelima's chappal, which was found on the seventh floor, might have come out of her leg when she stepped onto a pipe on the parapet wall which is nearly three feet high. Neelima is believed to have jumped from there.
While reacting over the news of Neelima's death, one of her colleagues was quoted as saying, "She was strong-willed and very spontaneous, bright and intelligent. She trained many people and was among the brightest in her team. It's unthinkable that she could have committed suicide."
Meanwhile, Infosys sent a mail to its employees asking them not to speculate on the cause of death. Neelima was posted at Tampa, Florida and she along with her husband was planning to leave for the US on Aug 17.