The Oshiwara police investigating the Andheri quadruple suicides have set out on the task to find their lone relative. Last Friday, two siblings who worked as live-in domestic helps at a Lokhandwala flat reportedly committed suicide, a day later their mother and her partner too hanged themselves.
The police said their only relative, the mother’s sister, had been working as a domestic help in Colaba and they had been looking for her so that she could claim the three bodies. The brother of the mother’s partner claimed the man’s body four days after he committed suicide. “The woman’s sister will probably be able to tell us more about the reason behind the suicides,” said an officer from the Oshiwara police station.
The deceased man’s brother, a US resident, on Wednesday accepted only his brother’s body and performed the last rites. He did not know his brother’s partner or her children and so did not claim their bodies.
Officers from Oshiwara police station said the brother, in his statement, claimed that he last met his brother in 2013.
“The deceased’s brother has said that he was aware that his brother was living with a woman, who worked as a domestic help, but he did not approve of the relation and the brothers rarely spoke after that. We showed him the video of the suicide message, in which he said he was suffering from medical problems and that no one should be blamed for his death,” said the officer.
The police on Wednesday also found photocopies of Tinku Singh’s flat rent receipts under the bed of the deceased couple. “In his video, the woman’s partner has mentioned that Tinku Singh’s mother Sudha, had changed her last name from Gandharv to Singh. However, at the time of the rent agreement she had not changed her last name. We are now trying to find why this was important to a dying man,” said the officer.
The police have also acquired the CCTV recordings of the building where the woman and her 55-year-old partner hanged themselves to find who visited them in the five days of their suicide planning, added the officer.