Misurata, Oct 23 : Hundreds of Libyans braved the stench of rotting flesh on Saturday to see their hated former dictator's and his son's bodies lying sinside a meat locker.
Bloodied, bullet-ridden and left lying on a mattress in an meat locker, Muammar Gaddafi's remains were a grisly, undignified sight, reports Daily Mail.Gaddafi's battered head had been turned to the left, to hide the bullet hole that's believed to have killed him.Guards overseeing the body had handed out green surgical masks because of the awful smell.Meanwhile, the row has broken out over what will happen to the tyrant's body.
Authorities in Libya want to carry out a post mortem to establish whether he died in crossfire on the way to hospital after being captured alive or whether he was shot by the fighters who caught him.
Yet the surviving members of his family want the body released so he can be afforded a traditional funeral with 24-hours. His widow Safia has also backed international demands for an inquiry into his killing.
Reports on Saturday night suggest the National Transitional Council will hand over the dead dictator's corpse to members of his extended family.
So far, the exact circumstances of his death are not clear.
Rebel fighters claim they captured the 69-year-old alive and then shot him. But this account differs from the National Transitional Council's version, in which Gaddafi died in a gun-fight.
Acting prime minister Mahmoud Jibril said investigations into who shot Gaddafi were continuing.
He gave his own account of the likely events leading up to the death of the former Libyan leader.
He said: 'It seems that he was involved in a battle between the Qatari security brigades of Gaddafi and the freedom fighters. And he was hiding in some sort of a sewage tube. One of the mercenaries, he's a Mauritanian, when he was caught he told the freedom fighters that Gaddafi was hiding in the tube,' said Jibril.
'So they went there and they brought him out and they were taking him to that truck to take him to a field hospital.
'On their way they got in crossfire between the freedom fighters and the security brigades. He was shot in the head. We don't know whether he was shot by the freedom fighters or the security brigades.'