MoD official death: New details punch holes in murder and suicide case

Police recover notes from house that state Kumar Yashkar was under work pressure.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 2, 2012 1:00 am

Investigations into the death of Ministry of Defence official and his wife have raised several questions against what was initially termed as a case of murder-suicide.

Police said the Kumar Yashkar and his wife Archana were dressed in formal clothes,indicating that,at the time of the incident,they were either going out or had returned from some place.

Investigating officials said Yashkar was wearing shoes,which they found odd. Police are investigating the case as that of murder.

Police also found several notes from a table in the living room where Yashkar’s body was found on Friday. Archana’s charred body was found in another room of the Hudco Place house. Police said she also had head injuries.

In one of the notes,which police have taken as a case property,Yashkar reportedly stated that he was under work pressure from two of his senior colleagues. Police are trying to ascertain when the note was written. Yashkar’s diary has also been taken as case property. His laptop,too,has been seized.

Anup,Yashkar’s cousin who had recovered the note,said,“On Saturday afternoon,police said they wanted to conduct a search of the flat again. I accompanied them to the house. The note was found with other papers on the table,during the checks. It isn’t exactly a suicide note,but since it has names of two other officials,police are looking into it.”

Others notes have phone numbers,travel details and shopping lists scribbled on them.

Prima facie,police said,the note was written by Yashkar,but handwriting experts are analysing them.

With no kerosene,petrol or other inflammable solvents recovered from the room,CFSL experts have taken the exhibits for examination.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) P S Kuswah said,“The note,recovered on Saturday,has been taken on record. We are verifying the contents. Forensic experts have taken the exhibits from the room.”

Kuswah did not say if the two officials named in the note are being questioned,but sources said officials from Directorate General of Medical Services (DGMS),where Yashkar was posted,have been requested to help in the probe.

Yashkar’s colleagues and a senior official of the DGMS was also questioned by police on Sunday.

Less than a week before the deaths,on March 24,the couple travelled to Lucknow for an official conference. Police are trying to establish if any event related to the trip is connected to the deaths.

On Sunday,one of Yashkar’s cousin,who is a doctor,gave a fresh statement to police.

“The couple had been to Patna last month. During the trip,Yashkar told this cousin that he was under immense pressure at work from his seniors. Yashkar also reportedly said he was handling the RTI department at the DGMS,which was very sensitive in nature and that he did not like the responsibility,” police said.

With no sign of forced entry,police said there could be a possibility that the main door of the house was opened with a duplicate key.

Yashkar’s younger brother Ppushkar Sinha said,“The note recovered was written by my brother,but when it was written is not clear. If a person commits self-immolation,he will at least run. It appears that my brother and his wife did not run when they were on fire. We saw the photographs of his body in which his tongue was sticking out. That happens when a person is strangulated,not when he commits self-immolation.”

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