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Patna family found dead

Dec. 26: A Patna couple and their four daughters were today found dead in a room of a Bharat Sevashram Sangha guest house in Birbhum’s Tarapith and a Hindi note beside the bodies said the family was in financial distress.

The couple, identified as Vijay Mishra, 46, and Kalindi Mishra, 37, had checked into the guest house along with their daughters on Tuesday, saying they had come to offer puja at the Tarapith temple. The couple’s daughters, aged between one and 10 years, are yet to be named by police.

Although the couple had told the guest house authorities that they hailed from Khemnichak in Patna, two PAN cards found in the room indicated they were residents of Surat, said Koteswar Rao, the subdivisional police officer of Rampurhat.

The police officer said the family’s relatives in Patna had been informed.

According to a guest house employee, the family had bought dinner from “outside” after returning from the temple last evening. The police said the preliminary probe suggested that the family might have laced their food with pesticide. The plates in which they took their dinner have been sent for a forensic test.

Asked about the note that was found beside the bodies, a police officer said: “It was said in the note that the couple no longer intended to live and had no money or resources.”

The family’s relatives in Patna said Vijay did “odd jobs” and the family toured places of worship at least thrice a year.