Mysore, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

A 56-year-old women tourist from Chennai died of massive heart attack on the world famous Mysore palace premises last evening.


The deceased was identified as P Kausalya was a resident of New Washermenpet, Chennai, and a government employee. She was part of a 42-member chartered group which left Chennai for a tour of Karnataka on May 1.

Her grandson P Mani accompanying her, said that Kausalya was a diabetic and under going treatment. She complained of uneasiness and collapsed soon after coming out of the Residential Palace complex.

The palace authorities were informed and a doctor who examined Kausalya declared her dead. The city police, upon reaching the spot, said that since the death was due to natural causes, no autopsy would be conducted. The body was handed over to the group and arrangements were made to take it to Chennai. Meanwhile, Kaushalya's son T Ramesh and three daughters were informed.

Deputy Director of the Palace Board T S Subramanya said the group was advised to procure a certification from K R Hospital, citing the cause of death, as the body was being shifted to a different State.

When asked why the Mysore palace, which receives nearly 3.5 million tourists a year, did not have a medical centre to deal with such an emergency, Mr Subramanya said they had an ambulance to transfer such cases to K R Hospital or any other facility. In this case, the doctor had certified the woman was dead and hence the ambulance service was not requisitioned.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)