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Mystery shrouds bankman?s death

A BANK of Baroda manager, Ravindra Kumar Verma (45) posted in Faizabad, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence here at H-1, 1031 Vishwa Bank Colony in Barra late on Saturday night. Verma?s family, comprising wife Maya, son Prashant, an Intermediate student, daughters Rama, doing BSc from DBS college, and Hansa, the youngest daughter live here.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 00:53 IST

A BANK of Baroda manager, Ravindra Kumar Verma (45) posted in Faizabad, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence here at H-1, 1031 Vishwa Bank Colony in Barra late on Saturday night.
Verma’s family, comprising wife Maya, son Prashant, an Intermediate student, daughters Rama, doing BSc from DBS college, and Hansa, the youngest daughter live here.

According to family members, Ravindra had made a call to his son, Prashant, at around 10 on Saturday night, asking to him to come to Nandlal crossing. The two reached home around 10.30 pm and the family had dinner on the ground floor of the house. After dinner, family members went to sleep.

Prashant, Maya and the girls were sleeping in one room, while Ravindra was sleeping in a separate room. While everyone was fast asleep, his wife Maya, as she told mediapersons, heard an explosion at around 12.30 am. She rushed to her husband’s room and found him engulfed in fire, which had probably broken out following a short circuit.

Strangely, neither her other family members nor neighbours had heard the explosion.

Local residents said there was no electricity when the incident occurred, while Prashant and Rama said they had seen smoke billowing out of the room.
A few neighbours also stated that they had seen four persons entering the house from the back door around 11.30 pm on Saturday.

Police were still groping in the dark about the cause of the death and were awaiting the post-mortem examination report. However, SP Crime Sripati Mishra said, “Police are probing from all angles and we are not negating the possibility of murder.”

Brother of the deceased, Suresh Chandra Verma, a clerk at Punjab National Bank, Gwaltoli branch, has accused his sister-in-law, Maya, of being involved in the murder of his brother.

Local residents said Maya was an aspiring candidate for the corporation election from ward no. 65. The fact was even corroborated by Congress district president Abdul Mannan. Talking to the Hindustan Times, Mannan said: “I know Maya. Some time back she had come to me and expressed her desire for a Congress party ticket for the corporation election.”

In-laws of Maya also accused her of having illicit relationship with a driver for the last four years. However, Maya said: “My in-laws are tarnishing my image in a hypothetical murder case because I broke my relationship with them some time back when none of them informed me about the death of my father-in-law.”

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 00:53 IST