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Police may conduct DNA test of skeleton

Police officers investigating the gruesome world of the De family are planning to conduct a DNA test of the human skeleton with which Arabindo De (77) and his son Partho (44) lived for months.

kolkata Updated: Jun 13, 2015 22:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Police officers investigating the gruesome world of the De family are planning to conduct a DNA test of the human skeleton with which Arabindo De (77) and his son Partho (44) lived for months.

Though nothing criminal has been detected as yet both by the police and psychiatrists who spoke to Partho, police are not ready to accept his version at face value and want to verify everything with all the scientific tools available. “Initially we accepted Partho’s statements. Now we have reasons to believe that there may be loopholes or discrepancies in what he is saying. We are looking into whether there is anyone else behind the skeleton episode. We have an option of DNA test to ascertain details about the skeleton. If investigation demands, we may exercise that option,” an investigating officer told HT on Saturday evening on conditions of anonymity.

Although according to De, his sister died six months ago, the police want to pinpoint the exact time of the death, the actual cause of her death and, at an even more fundamental level, whether the skeleton is of Debjani at all. The police believe that De has not revealed many things yet, and whatever information he has shared is just tip of the proverbial iceberg.

The police is also unsure about De’s scribbles in the diary and if he wrote it in the first place. The investigating officers are intrigued by a number of angles in the case and a number of unanswered questions.

Police sources point out the property question, De’s psychiatric problems and the fact that despite a clearly unsound mind his diktat prevailing in the household have triggered many questions. “Though apparently he is a psychiatric patient, the way he used to handle his home affairs from buying things to deciding household chores has baffled the investigating officers. The methodical way in which he took care of the corpse, preventing the stench the decomposing flesh to waft out of the room may provide indications that there may be another side to the story,” said the officer.

The way De used to block the openings and the holes on the window by stuffing clothes and scotch tapes have forced the police to believe that De had an active mind. The police have been talking with De’s relatives to know about his state of mind ion the last few months.

Whether the huge property with a market value running into crores and crores have influenced the plot in any way, or he is just a simple psychiatric patient waiting for his sister to come alive is also a point for the sleuths to ponder over. De cannot be interrogated for a long time at a stretch.

The police can question him only when the psychiatrists are permitting it. He is admitted to Pavlov mental hospital in East Kolkata and is under close watch.

The police independently want to verify his sister’s background and the details of her educational background, professional career and her personal life in the confines of the Robinson Street house.

“We want to find out how a normal family slipped into such a mess. So, we cannot depend only of Partho’s statements. We are verifying whether Partho’s mother’s death has triggered the drastic change in the family as he claims it did. We are also investigating whether his sister Debjani died from fasting,” said the police officer.

First Published: Jun 13, 2015 21:58 IST