Lone witness to Ranchi mass suicide dead

The incident occurred last year in a Ranchi apartment resulting in death of five family members overnight

ranchi Updated: Feb 04, 2017 09:59 IST
Saurav Roy
Saurav Roy
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Police and relatives gathered at Reveria apartment flat after Dr Sukanto Sarkar and his five family members committed suicide on Old Hazaribagh road in Ranchi on October 9, 2016(Diwakar Prasad/ HT File Photo)

Sixty-three-year-old Sukanta Sarkar, the lone eyewitness to a ‘mass suicide’ of five of his family members in a posh Ranchi apartment last October, died of a heart attack on Friday. The retired army doctor was the only link for police investigation.

The bodies of Sarkar’s wife Anjana, 60, his son Samir Sarkar, 35, granddaughters Samita, 7, and Sumita, 5 besides daughterin-law Momita, were found lying in two rooms of a flat in Riversa Apartment on old Hazaribagh road on October 10, 2016.

Sarkar too had attempted suicide by stabbing himself with a knife, and was yet to overcome the trauma, doctors said. Police had recovered several suicide notes from the spot.

Sarkar, who was booked for attempting suicide, died on Friday at a house in Tharpakhna.

Investigations had failed to reach a conclusion and now with Sarkar’s death, the chances of the unravelling the cause for the mass suicide, is highly unlikely, said police sources.

The deceased doctor and his family members lived in Noida in Uttar Pradesh where Sarkar’s son Samir worked in a private company. Dr. Sarkar and his wife Anjana lived in Marvel Homes’ B block at Sector 61 in Noida while his other family members lived in a separate block of the same apartment. They had come to the Ranchi flat, which belongs to his sister’s son and well-known Ranchi dentist Dr. S Chowdhary, on October 6 last year to settle a marital dispute between Samir and his wife.

First Published: Feb 04, 2017 09:59 IST