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Priyanka Todi's ‘split verdict’ triggered suicide?

CBI suspects that Priyanka's last call to say they should part ways, made him end his life, reports Rahul Das.

kolkata Updated: Oct 27, 2007 01:25 IST
Rahul Das
Rahul Das
Hindustan Times

Minutes before he died, Rizwanur Rahman had dialled his father-in-law Ashok Todi’s mobile number and spoken for nearly two-and-a-half minutes. The person at the other end might have been his wife Priyanka Todi who, the CBI suspects, told him that they should split.

“That call might have made him decide to end his life,” a CBI officer said, explaining that the conversation was enough to convince Rizwanur that Priyanka wouldn’t return to him. Why would Priyanka want to split with a man she eloped with after defying her parents? The possible answer could lie in an affair between Rizwanur and another woman, Pompy.

There are several indications that the old affair came between Rizwanur and Priyanka. Three days before Rizwanur died, Priyanka had spoken to Pompy for 35 minutes. This was after she had left Rizwanur’s home to visit her parents. “It seems she (Priyanka) had not known about Pompy earlier. After hearing of the affair, she might have allowed herself to be convinced not to return to Rizwanur,” the CBI officer said. Since then, Priyanka has pledged her love for Rizwanur. She told interrogators and Women’s Commission members that she missed him but the CBI still thinks the couple had been discussing Pompy the day Rizwanur died.

In fact, after his call to Todi’s mobile, Rizwanur called up Pompy from a PCO booth at 9:30 am. “The two had not been seeing each other for three years, but now they spoke for 170 seconds,” the officer said.

Before making the two calls, Rizwanur had sent an SMS each to Priyanka’s father and mother, trying desperately to speak to his wife. His last message to Ashok Todi was: “Papa, everything is all right. I am going.” His next call was to Pompy.

First Published: Oct 27, 2007 01:00 IST