Avinash Patnaik, who allegedly shot dead the mother and uncle of his former girlfriend before killing himself in Mumbai, was a “nice boy” who respected elders, said relatives and acquaintances of his father Bhupen Kumar Patnaik.
The 22-year-old son of a superintending engineer of Western Electric Supply Company in Sambalpur, had an affair with Moushmi Das, a small-time model from Kolkata who had gone to Mumbai for better career prospects. Bhupen said Avinash was too mild-mannered to commit such a crime. The Patnaiks — Bhupen and Avinash’s mother — left for Mumbai from Sambalpur on Friday morning after hearing of their son’s death. The Patnaiks have two sons. Pritam, the other child, studies MBA in Mumbai.
The Patnaiks’ neighbours in Jagannath Colony said they were a good family. However, as Avinash was in Angul most of the time looking after his business, neighbours did not have much interaction with him. Those who met him occasionally said he was shy and respectful to elders.
Bhupen’s colleagues, too, had the same opinion.
Prasant Pradhan, the MD of Wesco, said Bhupen’s sons were obedient and respectful. “I cannot imagine that a nice boy like Avinash could have done such a thing. I really feel sad for Bhupen, who is a good soul.”
Colleague K.C. Nayak, an executive engineer, echoed Pradhan. He said he had interacted with Avinash several times and found him to be a sensitive man always willing to help others.
Apparently, none of the family members knew about Avinash’s relationship with Moushmi. According to relatives, Avinash was a hardworking man who had shown interest in entrepreneurship after studies. An aunt, who did not wish to be named, said he was focused about the Sidhik Rice Mill in Jarapada, 15 km from Angul, that he started two years back with a bank loan. “He was a very caring person,” she said.