The Dubai Police has given its final nod for the release of Sridevi’s mortal remains. The Indian embassy in Dubai said that the authorities have issued letters for the release of the mortal remains of the legendary actress to the Consulate and the family members.
The body will now proceed for embalming. It is expected that Sridevi’s mortal remains will be flown in a chartered flight to Mumbai after the embalming process, which takes around 4-5 hours, is over.
Update: Dubai Police has handed over the Consulate and the family members letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor so that they can proceed for embalming.
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The release of the body was subject to the forensic report from the Dubai Public Prosecution, which was handed the case by the Dubai Police on Monday.
Dubai Police had on Monday said that the 54-year-old actress died of “accidental drowning” after completion of post-mortem analysis.
“The death of Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness. Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases,” wrote Dubai Police on its official Twitter handle.
The report sparked a wave of speculations in the Indian media, which was criticised by other media personalities for the sensational reportage around the death of the iconic actress.
According to reports, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor, who was in Dubai when the actress died, recorded his statement with the police on Sunday.
It was Kapoor who discovered Sridevi unconscious in a bathtub filled with water in her hotel room at Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel. She was taken to the Rashid Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Sridevi’s family had been meeting the authorities for clearance of her mortal remains since early morning. Reports said that Dubai Police wanted to 100 per cent sure before the body was released to the family.
Legions of fans in India as well as celebrities, including Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, have been waiting with anxiety for the return of the mortal remains of Sridevi so that they can pay their respects to India’s only female superstar.