House of Horror: ‘Owner’s note’, Monday meeting with lawyer adds to mystery

Investigating the case, the police have recovered some more paper notes from the apartment, which they said, may have been written by the Arabinda De.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: June 15, 2015 1:45 am
Kolkata, House of horrors, Kolkata House of horrors, kolkata house at 3, Robinson Street Kolkata, Kolkata man living with skeletons of sister, kolkata man, kolkata news, india news, indian express news The 3, Robinson Street house of the De family, in Kolkata. (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

A scrutiny of paper notes, diaries, laptops and computers recovered from the house of “horrors” at 3, Robinson Street in Kolkata, where a man was found living with three skeletons, have revealed a complicated relationship between the family members.

Investigating the case, the police have recovered some more paper notes from the apartment, which they said, may have been written by the Arabinda De, the septuagenarian owner of the house who allegedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire in his bathroom after bolting it from inside on Wednesday night.

“Forget whatever had happened and start life anew,” one of the notes read, a police officer investigating the case, said.

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A senior police officer investing into the case said, “Going by the content of the other notes and those of the diaries recovered from the apartment, it seems that the members of the De family had a very complex set of understanding between them”. Though the police were yet to ascertain about who wrote the notes and the diaries, they were not completely rubbishing an incestuous relationship between the members of the De family. “We are still waiting for the reports from hand writing experts on who wrote those notes and the diaries and to whom,” the police said.

The probe into Arabinda’s death had led to the discovery of the skeletons allegedly of his 50-year-old daughter Debjani and two dogs in the apartment and his 45-year-old son Partho, who said he was living with them for six months.

While Arabinda stayed in a three-room flat of the house, his brother Arun stayed in the adjacent portion of the building. There are a couple of tenants, too. Police said it was learnt that Arabinda had visited a solicitor on Monday to prepare a legal declaration of his property.

On whether there were any property-related dispute among members of the De family, he said, “We are probing into all sorts of possibilities. But till now we have not got any such lead.”

The house on 3, Robinson Street, stands on 23 kottahs of land in downtown Kolkata and was built in the 1950s by Arabinda’s father.

Meanwhile, on examining Partho’s three mobile phones police found that calls were made to several top restaurants of the city besides an aunt who lives in an apartment on Gurusaday Road. A team of homicide department questioned the woman for about two hours today.

“We have found out that since the death of Partho’s mother, the De family had not kept in touch with the woman. But, suddenly from January this year, Partho had started regularly calling her. The woman, however, claims that she did not entertain his calls,” an official at Lalbazar’s homicide department said.

Police also said that they were looking into the discrepancy between statements of Partho and Debjani’s colleagues regarding her death. While Partho claimed that she had died in December last year, one of Debjani’s former colleagues claimed that he had called her residence in 2007 and was told she had died in a car accident.

Meanwhile, Ganesh Prasad, superintendent of Pavlov Mental Hospital, where Partho was admitted on Thursday said that he appeared in “a much better shape” on Saturday.

“He appeared an absolute normal person this morning. He took his medicines on time and also spoke to doctors and nurses. He also had normal food. There was no abnormal behaviour noticed in Partho today,” Prasad said. Asked when could Partho be interrogated by the police, he said, “He will be kept under observation and medication for at least 20 days. Only after that would we allow police to interrogate him”.

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