Published By: Kavya Mishra
Last Updated: October 31, 2023, 00:02 IST
The initial autopsy report of the Swiss woman whose decomposed body was found in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar has suggested that she died due to suffocation, police said on Monday.
The body of Nina Berger, aged around 30 years, was found on a spot near the wall of a municipal school on October 20. Her limbs were tied with metal chains which were locked.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Vichitra Veer said the fingerprints of Berger have matched with the dead body.
“We had communicated with the Embassy of Switzerland and had managed to get the fingerprint of Nina Berger through the official channel, which was matched against that of the deceased. The match has been successful. This pinpoints the identity of the deceased as Nina Berger,” Veer said.
Earlier, the police wanted the family to come from Switzerland to identify the dead body.
Police suspect that accused Gurpreet Singh locked Berger in a Santro car on the day of the incident. “It is suspected that she was suffocated to death. However, the final autopsy report may come in a few days,” a Delhi Police officer said.
Police said Singh, who was arrested in the murder case, was not cooperating and changing statements and that they needed more time to interrogate him.
Singh earlier claimed that he had strangled Berger to death, chained her body and stuffed it in the car.
Gurpreet Singh’s police custody was extended by five more days on Monday, the officer said.
The post-mortem examination of Berger’s body was conducted on Saturday after the police got an NOC (No-Objection certificate) from the Switzerland embassy.
The autopsy was conducted by a board comprising a panel of three doctors at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital.
Police said the body was cremated and the ashes were handed over to the embassy so that it could reach Berger’s family in Zurich.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)