The Telegraph
Tuesday , October 11 , 2016

Cops await doctor's version

The Riviresa apartments at Kokar in Ranchi where the bodies were found on Sunday. Picture by Prashant mitra

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Police today visited RIMS to question the retired army doctor, who apparently stabbed himself several times after killing five of his family members by injecting lethal doses of anaesthesia in the capital yesterday.

But, they did not get any significant lead in what prima facie appeared to be a suicide pact as Noida-based Colonel Dr Sukanto Sarkar (63) was facing problem to speak.

Yesterday afternoon, five members of the family - Sukanto's wife Anjana (62), son Sameer (35), niece-in-law Moumita (27) and two granddaughters Samita (7) and Sumita (5) - were found dead at Riviresa apartments in Kokar. Col Dr Sukanto was found in a pool of blood. Police later recovered four suicide notes in English, stating they could not tolerate the "emotional torture" inflicted by Sukanto's daughter-in-law Madhumita, 29, and preferred death.

This morning, Ranchi Sadar DSP Vikas Chandra Srivastava, along with officers of Sadar thana, spoke to the doctor around 30 minutes before he fainted.

"He is under shock and was unable to reconstruct the sequence of crime. Any breakthrough in the case would be possible only after we question him in details about circumstances that apparently forced him to take this extreme step. He is recovering from injuries," said the DSP. "As of now, it is not clear who was drugged first and whether committing suicide was a collective decision."

Sources present during the questioning said the doctor was not in proper frame of mind psychologically and emotionally. "Tears rolled down from his eyes. 'I don't want to live anymore... I don't remember anything,' he kept saying," another officer present during the DSP's visit said.

Though some media reports suggested foul play in the gruesome incident, DSP ruled out the possibility.

"It was Col Dr Sukanto who injected lethal doses of anaesthesia to the family members and then tried to kill himself. We have recovered two knives from the spot that Sukanto had used to stab himself, one syringe and an ampoule of medicine. The police are in possession of the suicide notes collected from the spot," he added.

A case of unnatural death (FIR no 15/16) has been lodged at Sadar police station.

Preliminary probe revealed that Madhumita, along with a Noida-based woman Mitali Chandra who runs an NGO, was trying to ruin the life of the family.

Sources said a team of Ranchi police was expected to visit Noida in a couple of days to question Madhumita, who had not accompanied her husband, daughter and other in-laws to Ranchi.

"She is a key cog of this case. Though not much is known about Mitali, her role in this family dispute also needs to be probed," said Ranchi SP Kishore Kaushal.

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