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Family’s financial condition may have led to suicide pact

Initial investigation into the background of Wadala resident Donatus Anthony (49),who was found dead along with his wife Elizabeth (45),son Jason (12) and daughter Vivian (4) on Monday,has revealed a picture of steady financial decline,and police are probing if this could have led to a suicide pact between the couple.

Initial investigation into the background of Wadala resident Donatus Anthony (49),who was found dead along with his wife Elizabeth (45),son Jason (12) and daughter Vivian (4) on Monday,has revealed a picture of steady financial decline,and police are probing if this could have led to a suicide pact between the couple.

The Anthony family stayed in an apartment on the fifth floor of Odyssey building in Bhakti Park. Police said they shifted there from Worli in 2006.

“Anthony took possession of the flat after paying a token amount of Rs 20 lakh to the previous owner,Kashmira Zaveri. However,he failed to pay the remaining amount of Rs 16 lakh,which led to a dispute. In 2008,Zaveri paid him back his Rs 20 lakh and asked him to vacate the flat,which he refused to do. In the meantime,she sold the flat to Shivaji Narale. Zaveri and Narale then filed a complaint against Anthony in the City Civil Court,” said DCP Dattatray Karale,Zone 4.

Naralehas alleged that the court in 2009 appointed a receiver and ordered Anthony to pay a monthly amount of Rs 20,000 till such time as the case was resolved. Anthony allegedly kept defaulting on the payments. In 2010,Anthony was able to pay Rs 4 lakh to the court appointed receiver. However,he again fell behind on payments and owed Rs 1.10 lakh as of March this year,Narale alleged.

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“The last date of the lawsuit was March 15,when Anthony’s lawyer failed to appear. We have spoken to his brother. He seems to have no idea what Anthony was doing currently. He has worked as a video editor for media firms in the past but did not seem to have any fixed source of income lately. When his brother asked him about his current profession,he said he was working on some secret project,” Karale said.

The police have also recorded statements of moneylenders from whom Anthony allegedly borrowed money in the past,and have sought his account statements from banks.

Anthony also had a car and employed a driver,and the police are recording his statement as well.

Residents of the building remember the Anthony family as reserved. “The Anthonys greeted us civilly whenever we met,but largely kept to themselves. We don’t remember the last time they took part in any function organised by the society,” said a resident.

Elizabeth was a housewife while Jason was a student of the Don Bosco School in Wadala,police said.