Kolkata: Cops probing if Partha De ate flesh of dogs, sister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2015 17:15 IST

The police officers investigating the Robinson Street skeleton case are now focusing on the cannibalism angle to find out whether Partha De had consumed the flesh of the family’s two pet dogs and his sister, Debjani.

While this may sound grotesque, the policemen are gradually considering this idea after examining the scribbles on diaries and the chits recovered from the house. The police officers also told HT that if this theory proves to be correct, it will also explain why no outsider got the stench of the decomposing flesh of the two carcasses and Debjani’s corpse.

A chit written by Partha’s father, Aurobindo, where he says, “Forget the past and look forward,” doubles the mystery. The police are sure that some untold incident had occurred in the De family which Partha is suppressing.

So far, the cops have not been able to figure out what drove Aurobindo to commit suicide. Nor have they been able to pinpoint the cause of death of Debjani De.

The police would likely to interrogate Partha again to find out how he and Debjani managed to tolerate the stench from the dead dogs for months and how Partha could tolerate the stench from his sister’s body.

On June 10, Aurobindo De committed suicide by setting himself on fire at his Robinson Street residence. The next day, the police learnt about Partha living with his sister’s skeleton at his residence when they wanted to hand over his father’s body.

The police have also seized two knives from the house which were clean unlike other utensils.

For some time now, investigators have been trying to figure out why Debjani’s skeleton had no flesh, skin, cartilage or tendons. After talking to forensic medicine experts, the sleuths learnt that it was impossible for the flesh to be disappear completely after death. Parts of it should have been there for at least six months as the body goes through the various stages of decomposition after death. But that did not happen in Debjani’s case.

The disappearance of Debjani’s flesh can be explained if Partha turns out to be a cannibal. But in order to establish that theory, the police need to interrogate him thoroughly.

The same question can be raised in case of the bodies of the two dogs. The police have already sent the skeletons of the two animals to the forensic science laboratory for analysis.

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