Family problem led to Sabiba Chandana jumping off the roof of a South Kolkata apartment on Tuesday according to the probe by the police. Investigations also suggest that her friend Neha Panjari did not commit suicide and died in a bid to save her friend.
A senior officer from the Jadavpur East Police station said on Thursday that there are discrepancies in the statements provided by Sabiba’s parents. The police are not ready to accept the version of Sabiba’s father, Arun, who claimed that both fifteen-year olds committed suicide as they were scolded for reaching home late.
“We have matched statements of Sabiba’s parents with family records available from various sources. There are several discrepancies prompting us to feel that a prolonged family problem forced Sabiba to commit suicide,” the officer added. Moreover, it seems that the sensitivity of the case is hampering the process of investigation. The body of Sabiba has been taken to Noida for cremation. Police will speak to her family once they come back.
According to the police, the bodies of the girls were found very close to the building – something that is impossible if they had jumped from the roof. “It is possible only if Neha tried to hold Sabiba when she jumped off. She tried to pull up Sabiba and lost her balance. Consequently both fell to their deaths close to the building. Since they fell together there was only one sound,” said an officer of Jadavpur East police station.
Police said they are not yet sure why Neha went to Sabiba’s home when she was supposed to go to her private tutor’s residence. In fact, Neha’s family members also do not have any clue as to why she was with Sabiba after school on Tuesday. “Neha’s parents received information of her death on Tuesday evening from the police. Till then they thought that their daughter had gone for tuition and would reach home on time,” said an officer.