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Andheri Suicides: ‘Victims didn’t speak with anyone outside family circle in past 6 months’

The CDR details were being considered key to provide police with a clear motive for the suicides.

The mystery behind the four suicides in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (West), on February 20 continues with the call data records of the four leaving investigators even more baffled than before. The call data records (CDR) show that the four victims, a brother-sister duo, their mother and the latter’s partner (also employer), spoke to nobody outside their immediate family circle in the past six months.

According to officers of the Oshiwara police station, 25-year-old Bharti Pal, her brother Somnath (20), their mother Shikha and her employer Manoj Patel, with whom she was in a live-in relationship, had only spoken among themselves and to people within their family circle. “The records do not show any call or message that suggests that they were in contact with any person outside this circle. We have found nothing suspicious from any of the four phone CDRs,” said officers from the Oshiwara police station.

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The CDR details were being considered key to provide police with a clear motive for the suicides. “If there was any person they were in touch with during the past few months we could have approached him/ her to find whether they had spoken about their plan to end their lives together,” the officer added.

Apart from the CDR, the officers have also been trying for the past one week to unlock the mobile phone found hanging around Bharti’s neck when she reportedly committed suicide. The officers said they had been waiting for forensic experts to unlock the phone which was password protected.

The police had arrested 34-year-old Tinku Singh alias Yash for rape based on Bharti’s medical report, though her suicide note did not accuse him of rape. In her suicide note, Bharti wrote that Tinku molested and harassed her to marry him. The police had earlier charged Tinku with abetment to suicide and outraging a woman’s modesty.

megha.sood@expressindia.com