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No CCTV footage for police to check if couple was arguing

mumbai Updated: Mar 25, 2013 02:49 IST
Pratik Salunke

A day of investigations has not provided the Thane police with any answers to why Sanjay Banerjee, a deputy commissioner of police of the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), suddenly killed himself while having lunch out with his family.

Sources in the police said they were concentrating on the possibility of a family dispute or a professional issue, even though the family has been adamant in denying that these could have been the reasons.

The CCTV cameras at the restaurant were not working, so what exactly transpired between the family members would be impossible to find out, the police said. However, they pieced together the series of events based on statements from the restaurant staff.

The family had come to the restaurant in the afternoon and spent about an hour-and-a-half there, ordering some starters and drinks. They were the only ones on the first floor of the restaurant.

While they were there, Banerjee and his wife Sushmita had been having a long conversation, in English. However, no part of it was heated and they appeared perfectly content. The Banerjees were regulars at the restaurant, so the staff had given them their privacy, they said. "It was only after they heard the gunshot that they rushed to the table on the first floor and found Banerjee," an officer of the police station said.

On Sunday, the police registered an accidental death report and recorded the statements of waiters and others who were present at the Goa Portuguesa restaurant on Ghodbunder road in Thane, said BR Chaudhari, senior police inspector, Kapurbawdi police station.

The police said they will record the statements of the family later on, as they are devastated and in no condition to speak to them.

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