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Mystery still surrounds the death of Richard Loitam, as the autopsy results released to Bangalore's rural district police on Wednesday said that his death was not due to any physical injuries.

Doctors at Victoria Hospital, who conducted the medical examination to find out the exact cause of Loitam's death, stated in their report that Loitam died due to a cardiac disease, the source of which could be hereditary.

Potsangbam Dhanakumar Singh, the IPS officer who was appointed by the State Government to help Bangalore police in the investigation, has sent a copy of the autopsy to the Government of Manipur.

Bangalore officials, meanwhile, are gathering information about Loitam's alleged heart disease and also whether any of his family members had that disease earlier.

However, Bangalore police are expected to disclose the details of the forensic report in a press conference which is set to be held on Thursday or Friday.

Loitam, 19, was a native of of Imphal in Manipur and was found dead on April 17 in Bangalore, after he was allegedly beaten up by two of his hostel mates. Loitam was a second semester student of the Acharya NRV School of Architecture, Chikkabanavara, near Hesaraghatta. Loitam resided in the college hostel.

Earlier, when the hostel supervisor lodged a complaint, the police registered it as a case of mysterious death, but later when the supervisor lodged a fresh complaint, the police registered it as a case of murder.

There are some contradicting reports over Loitam's death. While some people believed that his seniors assaulted him causing death, others believe that he might have died due to drug overdose.

Loitam's accident two days before his death was also believed to be one of the reasons for his death. But Loitam's family, relatives and friends believe he was murdered. According to Loitam's family, the marks on his body indicate that he was physically assaulted.

The officials, meanwhile, have not made any arrests in relation to the case till now.