Police ruled out foul play in the death of two “mentally challenged” brothers, whose decaying bodies were found in their house in Noida on Sunday.
“There is no evidence of foul play. No injury marks were visible on their bodies. It is possible that older brother died and the younger one committed suicide out of depression. The cause of death will be clear once the post-mortem report comes in,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar ) Vishwajeet Srivastava said on Monday.
Brothers Sumit and Amit Davra were found dead in their Sector-56 home on Sunday evening. While Amit was found lifeless on a bed, Sumit’s body was found hanging from a rope tied to the banister of the staircase.
Police were alerted by the neighbours who noticed “a bad smell” coming from the two-storey house, where the brothers lived alone. The police team sent to the spot broke open the door and found the bodies.
After the autopsy on Monday, the bodies were released to the family for the last rites. Police said no FIR had been filed in the case.
According to police, their youngest brother, who lives in Gurgaon with his wife and child, claimed that the two were “challenged” and said he did not want an investigation into their deaths.
Police said Amit had suffered from “100 per cent mental disability” since childhood, while his younger brother Sumit was “80 per cent disabled”.
Protocol requires a case to be registered even if it is a suicide. But SHO of Sector-58 police station, Charan Singh, said there was “no point” in filing an FIR “in such cases”.
“Who will we file an FIR against? The brothers were mentally disabled. He could have killed his brother in a fit of rage or the brother may have hanged himself,” Singh said.
However, investigation officer Sub-Inspector Dharmesh Sharma said once the autopsy report was out, the SHO would decide if a formal FIR needed to be registered.
Neighbours of the Davra brothers said while Amit was differently-abled, Sumit only suffered from “occasional attacks,” of depression and violent behaviour. But, they claimed that Sumit’s attacks had increased after the youngest brother got married and moved out.”
“I have repeatedly advised the youngest brother and his wife to take care of the other two. We would alert them every time Sumit got violent,” next-door neighbour Sushila Kanojia said. It was Kanojia who had alerted police on Sunday.Sushila said that the two brothers always kept their door locked and never let anyone in.”
“Their domestic help told me that their house was always dirty,” another neighbour said. Others said they were “used to not seeing Sumit for several days”.
“We had not seen them for at least a week. Since Sumit used to come out occasionally, we never thought that something like this could have happened,” Sushila said.