Two days after three bodies were found in a flat in Thane, the police still have no clue about the reason behind the deaths.
The bodies of Anandibai Halankar (65), her daughter Vasanti (43) and her son Shivshankar (40) were found in their flat at Anupama Society in Hajouri on Wednesday night. Anandibai's second daughter Kunda (42) is the only member alive and has been admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital. "The doctors have reserved their opinion in the initial report and the detailed post-mortem will come on Monday. We will know about the cause of death only after the report comes," said deputy commissioner of police (Zone V) Ashok Morale. But the fact that the Halankars did not interact much with their neighbours and the neighbours, in turn, did not check on the Halankars despite finding newspapers of past two days lying outside the flat has startled the police and psychologists. While Kunda said that the neighbours would scorn them, the neighbours said that the family members rarely ventured out of their house. Thane has seen a lot of development in the last 10-15 years. The city of houses has now become a city of housing societies, according to historian Dawood Dalvi. "Around 50 years back, Thane was a small city with small houses," Dalvi said,
"People of different denominations used to stay together and knew each other. The social life was cohesive, informal and natural." Now, he says, people prefer barriers leading to modern day problems.
Dr. Sanjay Kumawat, dean of Thane Mental Hospital, also says that the fabric of social life has become fragile. "The chawl systems used to have a culture and flavour of its own. The doors were never closed and neighbours would come and go without inhibitions. But now, there is less communication among the neighbours," he said.