Parents hang in front of baby boy

HOME HORROR: The HEC quarters in Ranchi where the Manjhi couple was found dead on Friday. Telegraph picture

Ranchi: A young city architect and his wife were found hanging, in front of their bawling infant son, at their home in Sector II of HEC Township in Dhurwa on Friday morning, with a vague suicide note shedding no light whatsoever on the reason behind their death wish.

Police have registered a UD (unnatural death) case, but nonetheless roped in forensic experts. The bodies have been sent to RIMS in Bariatu for autopsy, the report of which is expected in 72 hours.

Neighbours of Dilip Manjhi (32), who ran his small office outside the civil courts, and Rima (25), a homemaker, were alarmed when the couple's nine-month-old son wouldn't stop crying since morning. They found the door to the Manjhi quarters open around 11am and the couple hanging from a ceiling fan in the living room with dupattas. The child was on a bed in the same room.

Local resident informed Dilip's elder brother, Sunil Manjhi, who lives nearby and police.

Jagannathpur thana OC Anup Kumar Karmakar said the main door to Quarter CD 396/II was found half open, which wasn't usually the case in suicides.

"Normally, people lock doors from inside before suicide. In this case, it is possible that the couple wanted neighbours to rescue their son. However, we have pressed a forensic team into service. The bodies were sent to RIMS around 2.30pm after evidence was collected," he said.

Forensic experts are learnt to have seized a notebook in which a suicide letter was found written in Hindi. Sources said the note was addressed to the infant and mentioned a fund of Rs 5 lakh for his upbringing although there was no clue whatsoever on where the money was. The couple had also sought their child's forgiveness.

Hatia ASP Vikas Kumar Pandey said the note was being probed.

"The suicide letter is quite vague. It does not mention the source of the money. Also, it give no hint about why the couple killed themselves. We are taking the help of handwriting experts to ascertain the authenticity of the note," the senior officer said, adding that the child had been advised to stay with his maternal grandparents.

Pandey maintained that police would question neighbours, friends and family members of the couple within the next couple of days to understand the trigger behind what primarily seemed to be a suicide pact.


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