Ranchi: Tortured by daughter-in-law, five members of a family end life in a ‘suicide pact’

The police said that, prima facie, it seemed to be a case of suicide pact between the family members, who were feeling tortured and threatened by the daughter-in-law of the former Army doctor.

By: Express News Service | Ranchi | Published:October 9, 2016 7:15 pm
ranchi, ranchi suicide, kokar, ranchi family suicide, ranchi news, army doctor, army doctor family, jharkhand The police have also recovered a syringe and vial of injection, allegedly containing a death-causing medicine.

In a shocking incident, five persons of a family of a retired Army doctor were found dead at a relative’s flat in Kokar area on Sunday afternoon. The condition of the Army doctor, who also stabbed himself several times, was highly critical and he was admitted to Medica. The police said that chances of his survival were less.

The police said that, prima facie, it seemed to be a case of suicide pact between the family members, who were feeling tortured and threatened by the daughter-in-law of the former Army doctor. His son and his wife were having troubled marriage and there was dispute over custody of their seven-year-old girl, one of the five victims.

The retired Army doctor, identified as Dr Sukanto Sarkar, in his late 60s, was admitted to Medica Hospital.

The police said that family was staying in a flat on 10th floor of Rivisera Apartment in Kokar area, which is owned by their relative, Dr S Chaudhary, a popular doctor in the city. They had come from Noida to Ranchi a couple of days ago.

The incident came to light when Dr Chaudhary called up the family members around noon for a meeting, but nobody picked up the call. He reached the flat in the afternoon and opened the door using a duplicate key. Finding five bodies and Dr Sukanto still breathing, he informed the police.

“Four bodies — that of Anjana, Momita and Samita and Sunita — were found on one bed in a room, while that of Sameer Sarkar was found on a bed box in another room. In the same room, there were blood stains on another bed box, where Dr Sukanto was found,” said a police officer, associated with the case.

The police have recovered suicide notes — in the form of slips containing two to three lines, separately written by all the victims — purportedly written by all the five deceased and Dr Sukanto. “All of them have similar messages saying that the torture and mental harassment being faced by them had become too much to bear and, therefore, they had decided to end their lives,” said City Superintendent of Police Kaushal Kishore.

The police have also recovered a syringe and vial of injection, allegedly containing a death-causing medicine. Also, a vial of anaesthesia has been recovered. Further, the police have also recovered a blood-stained knife from one of the bathrooms. This was apparently used by Dr Sukanto to seriously injure himself, the police said.

“We have got the forensic team and the dog squad to visit the spot. However, prima facie, the scene of occurrence suggests that the victims were administered anaesthesia and then injected with lethal injection. Dr Sukanto then stabbed himself several times,” said Kishore.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Dr Sukanto and the other family members had submitted a written complaint in Lower Bazar police station area.

“It was not for registration of FIR, but in the nature of information and apprehension. They had written that false cases may be foisted over them,” said Kishore.

Inquiries have revealed that Sameer and his wife wanted separation and there was also a fight over the custody of their daughter. “While Sameer and Dr Sukanto wanted the girl to stay with them, his wife insisted on having the custody of the daughter. The said daughter-in-law had been threatening to register cases of dowry harassment and other related sections against them,” said the SP. Further probe is on.

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    Ranjith Vadiyala
    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm
    This is the actual target of foreign funded feminist orgs. Their goal is to create a mistrust between family members which wil increase the rate of divorce. The draconian divorce laws favor the women so much that the husband along with his family wil nt hv any choice but to suc b to wat evr is being demanded. Joint families wr broken early n we heardly have a joint family left. In those days, saasu maa is the standard villain. Now the target is nuclear families and the villain is husband. Next step wud be 2 increase distrust between kids n parents in the name Children rights. Ppl also r being encouraged nt to marry. So all the emotional bonds bet humans wil b broken n evry 1 will live on their own n only 4 themselves. Y wil ny 1 without dependents save money? No savings means more spending, which is gud 4 business. In US n Europe ppl simply don't save, at all, as a result of these nonsense Left Liberal theories.
    1. A
      Oct 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm
      India is on a toss, only money matters, I have sleepless nights n my aged parents are suffering
      1. A
        Oct 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm
        Nice to read at same time of my life and my family members are going through , my wife the same thing on 4th July 2016, and just put my name in 498A dowry harment case, so that my parents and other members can stay out and settle her with money , I have a 6 yr old son also, ours both is second marriage btw. Nothin happened from the case she lodged other than regular legal proceedings, and I got with the interim bail, aggrieved by this and with full Aggressively now she has lodged Domestic Violence case on me, my aged parents, brother and sister in law and both my married sisters , and only demanding money at the same time approaching all my friends, relatives, society to get her settled with money. lt;br/gt;It's the worst time of my life I'm facing and my parents health is effected a lot with this , I'm. It able to face any of the family members or friends with this.lt;br/gt;Hope our judicial system take some serious changes in this or may be till any top political or Supreme Court coats doesn't face this themselves practically nothing can happen..
        1. N
          Oct 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm
          It is strange how the doctor decided on stabbing himself to end his life, which is not a sure shot way to die, instead of using the lethal injection similar to others who died. Being a doctor, he would know better ways to end life than stabbing. Somethings is not adding up.
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            Atis Mitra
            Oct 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm
            Misuse of law is the only comment based on facts
            1. শৌনক বসু
              Oct 10, 2016 at 3:26 am
              Ahh... So finally so called 'men' have found something to whine about... Thousands of dowry burning cases vs one case of suicide and may be a few cases of mental torture... That should do justification for revoking the dowry prevention law! Seriously????
              1. B
                Oct 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                Had the daughter in law committed suicide......the entire family would have been behind bars by now...that to without a fair trial/evidence.......i am afraid there are many more family facing a similar situation.......spirit of justice should not die.
                1. D
                  Oct 10, 2016 at 3:27 am
                  The Judiciary is very prompt to p 'LANDMARK' judgements when it comes to men and in-laws..........but when it comes to such dirty women, no Court is ready to p another Judgement to control this kind of harment..........the Army doctor would have seen lot of action on the Nation's front and succeeded, but could not fight out his barbarian daughter-in-law due to the fear of the stupid and female centric Indian laws.....shame on our Laws and its makers....
                  1. H
                    Oct 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                    Yes I agree. Law should not believe whatever the girls says.soceity and the law should not support these kind of girls. Many families are facing similar challenges with thr daughter-in-laws. Never ending challenges. Law should be against these kind of girls. Then only these type of girls will learn lesson
                    1. S
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm
                      The Left Liberal mafia which dominates our public discourse should be held responsible for these deaths. Excessive political correctness has resulted in ping of blatantly one sided laws and their equally biased implementation. Nowhere in the world do we find the kind of perversion of justice that we see in our country.
                      1. A
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                        Well cent percent correct
                      2. I
                        Oct 10, 2016 at 2:41 am
                        Dont know what more would it take to open the eyes of the sleeping govt. Had the suicides been on the other side(i.e DIL) Parliament would have enacted another law.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Day is not far when parents will be forced to strangle their new born boy because of these absurd one-sided laws.
                        1. J
                          Joseph R Stephen
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm
                          Wake up call to the Parliament.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All over India the law that was brought to protect our girls have been misused.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The law makers should think and make sure there is provisions that prevents police from misusing this law by joining forces with the women.
                          1. M
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm
                            WHY ARE MEN IN INDIA STILL GETTING MARRIED MUCH LESS DATING WOMEN??lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sorry to yell like that but really, it's beyond me. Sheesh.
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                              Ranjith Vadiyala
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm
                              Thats what exactly they want us to do. Please read my comment to understand the sinister design behind these laws.
                            2. M
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm
                              You are absolutely right BF. Just one false complaint is enough under section 498A to get the entire family behind bars.
                              1. P
                                PRAVIN S
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                                victims of femin ism brought by sa nghis
                                1. R
                                  Oct 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                                  Off late women r emerging as bigger criminals. Criminal ladies r misusing the laws given to protect n empower innocent women. Feeling sorry for this entire family. May harmony prevail in world n lives.
                                  1. S
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm
                                    Indian judges refuse to allow divorce and the case drags on for decades. Once a partner has decided to separate, the divorce should be allowed after a few months of separation.
                                    1. S
                                      SUHAIB ILYASI
                                      Oct 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                                      Its most unfortunate and shamful for the law makers who will go to any extent to please women pressure loboes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Time to amend/ change laws to prevent 498A misuse. Suhaib Ilyasi
                                      1. S
                                        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:32 pm
                                        Tragic! Feminism is the new taliban - this is a result of one sided laws in the name of women empowerment. how horrible - the feminist need to treated the same way as terrorists
                                        1. V
                                          Oct 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                                          The por imagination of evil and torturing in-laws has become outdated, now things have reversed, some of the educated daughter-in-laws fully aware of the favorable laws on their side have started to har the less educated and older in-laws, including the husband.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Daily soaps revolving around daughter-in-law and in-laws, have created more artificial divide and conflict in the family, most of the middle cl housewives mind have been poisoned by continues vilification of the in-laws and the husband. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Today there are more male victims of marriage than female victims, time to bring in new laws and codes for the changing times.
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