Post-mortem reveals cause of Odisha cricketer Rajashree Swain’s death

Cuttack: Odisha woman cricketer Rajashree Swain died due to asphyxiation, revealed a post-mortem report.

The report further said that the body bore injury marks on head.

Police were awaiting for the viscera report to ascertain the specific cause behind the death of the cricketer.

Rajashree was found hanging from a tree in a forest of Cuttack’s Athagarh area on January 13. Her family members had alleged that she was murdered while the body was hanged from the tree.

Earlier, she had gone missing from Cuttack city under mysterious circumstances. Her coach had lodged a complaint in this regard with the Mangalabag police.

Her scooter was found abandoned in the forest, which had raised the suspicion of foul play. Besides, her mobile phone was found switched off.

According to reports, as many as 25 women cricketers, including Rajashree, were part of a training camp organised at Bajrakabati here for an upcoming national-level cricket tournament scheduled to be held in Puducherry. All of them were staying in a hotel in the locality.

The Odisha team was announced on January 10 while Rajashree couldn’t make it to the final list.

Next day, the players went to a cricket field in Tangi area for practice, However, Rajashree informed her coach that she was going to Puri to meet her father. As she went missing, the coach filed a complaint with the police.

On the other hand, a CCTV footage revealed that Rajashree had refueled her scooter at a petrol station located around 1 km away from the place where her body was found.

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