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Five of retired army doctor’s family commit suicide in Ranchi

Ranchi, October 9: Five persons of a family of a retired army doctor were found dead at a relative’s flat in Kokar area on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Dr Sukanto Sarkar was found severely injured and was rushed to Medica hospital by the police. Dr. Sarkar also tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a knife. His condition remained critical.

According to initial investigations, the retired doctor — Dr Sukanto Sarkar — was apparently under stress due to threatening calls, as his daughter-in-law wanted separation from his son and demanded that property matters be settled at the earliest, a police official said.

Those found dead were wife Anjana Sarkar, son Sameer Sarkar, daughter-in-law Momita Sarkar, and grand-daughters Samita Sarkar and Sumita Sarkar.

The police have started probe to ascertain the reason behind the family taking the extreme step.

Police suspect that the five members were first poisoned by Dr Sarkar who later stabbed himself.

Dr Sarkar, who lived in Noida, had come to Ranchi on October 6 to settle the issues between his son and daughter-in-law. He was reportedly visiting his relative and an eminent doctor of Ranchi, Dr S Chaudhary. The police said that family was staying in a flat on 10th floor of Riviera Apartment in Kokar area.

Inquiries have revealed that Sameer , son of Dr. Sarkar and his wife wanted separation and there was also a fight over the custody of their daughter. “While Sameer and Dr Sukanto wanted the girl to stay with them, his wife insisted on having the custody of the daughter.

The said daughter-in-law had been threatening to register cases of dowry harassment and other related sections against them,” said City Superintendent of Police Kaushal Kishore. Further probe is on.

An intensive probe was on as several teams of police reached the spot. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.

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