City DSP Anuranjan Kispotta investigates the case at Ranchi’s Burdwan Compound on Monday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Bottled up emotions found vent in bloodspill and a death wish in the heart of the capital on Monday.
A 46-year-old man — angry and unhappy over his separation from his wife and daughter for almost half a decade — stabbed his elderly mother-in-law to death before hanging himself at his in-laws’ Burdwan Compound flat between 2pm and 2.30pm.
In a 15-page murder motive penned in Hindi, Hatia resident Uttam Das Choudhary held mother-in-law Namita Maulik (65) responsible for his estranged relationship with his wife.
Das Choudhary — who might have been into real estate business as suggested by an identity card found in his bag — also wrote a four-page suicide note where he expressed his love for wife Debarati (40) and daughter Bonty (9). He also expressed the desire of his last rites being performed by the duo.
DSP (city) Anuranjan Kispotta said the murder and suicide took place when no one else was at home.
Das Choudhary’s father-in-law D. Maulik left their flat at 2pm to receive Bonty, a Class IV student of DAV-Bariatu, from the bus stop, while DAV-Pundag teacher Debaroti was at work.
Family sources said Namita was casually talking to her son-in-law when her husband left home. Things turned ugly soon thereafter.
When D. Maulik returned about half an hour later with his granddaughter, he found the main door to the flat locked from inside.
“He knocked, but no one responded. He tried to break it open, but could not. He sought help from local Lalpur police,” an investigating officer said.
Police opened the door to find the blood-soaked body of the elderly woman on a bed, while Das Choudhary was hanging from a ceiling fan with a nylon rope. The knife used for murder was also recovered along with the murder and suicide notes.
The papers suggested that Das Choudhary left a plum job in New Delhi only to be with his family in Ranchi. But, Namita made “life hell” for him. She was “instrumental” in their separation and he “missed” his family.
Kispotta said Das Choudhary had stabbed his mother-in-law in the neck and face, which showed the degree of his hatred for her. “The reason was interference in his marital life, causing separation from his wife and daughter,” the senior police officer confirmed.
No one in the bereaved family was forthcoming to give details about Debarati’s relationship with her husband and why it had soured.
An FIR has been registered at Lalpur police station and the bodies sent to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences for post-mortem.