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Odisha: Five bodies found on railway tracks, police suspect mass suicide

Mutilated bodies of music teacher Dharanidhar Panda, his wife Sangeeta Panda and their three daughters were recovered by police in western Odisha town of Sambalpur

india Updated: Nov 08, 2017 12:11 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Debabrata Mohanty
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
Mass suicide,Suicide pact,Bodies found on railway tracks
Bodies of music teacher Dharanidhar Panda and four members of his family were recovered by police from railway tracks in Odisha’s Sambalpur. (Shutterstock )

Bodies of a music teacher and four members of his family were found on railway tracks on Tuesday night in western Odisha town of Sambalpur in a suspected case of a suicide pact.

Mutilated bodies of music teacher Dharanidhar Panda, his wife Sangeeta Panda and their three daughters, in the age group of 13-20, were spotted by driver of a train at Sarala junction near Sambalpur town.

Inspector of Sambalpur Government Railway Police G Dungdung said preliminary investigation indicates it’s a case of mass suicide. “We recovered five bodies of four female and one male. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known whether the family was under any kind of stress to take the extreme step.

Panda worked as a music teacher in a local school. The school was closed for the day following his death as a mark of respect. Colleagues and students remembered Panda as a kind human being and sincere. “He had come to school yesterday (Tuesday) and left in the afternoon. There was no trace of anxiety or depression on his face,” said a colleague.

Expressing shock over the incident, Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi demanded a proper probe into the incident to unearth the truth.

First Published: Nov 08, 2017 12:11 IST