Mother and sister of Saran loot case accused commit suicide out of shame | Patna News

PATNA: In a shocking incident, the mother and sister of a man accused of Rs40 lakh loot committed suicide out of humiliation and shame after the police raided their house in Saran district on Tuesday night and recovered Rs6 lakh, a countrymade pistol, five live cartridges and the bike used in the crime.
Bike-borne criminals had looted Rs40 lakh from one Bal Mukund Kumar alias Mukund Pathak near Israuli petrol outlet on the Maraurha-Chhapra road under Maraurha police station area in Saran when he was on way to load the cash in different bank ATMs in the district on Monday afternoon.
Sonu Pandey (23), one of the five accused in the case, is evading arrest. His father, Chandeshwar Pandey (45), was arrested after the raid on their house at Khardaha Tola Jalalpur under Bheldi police station area in Saran. Sonu’s mother Sanju Devi (40) and his sister Rupa Kumari (18) were found hanging in their house when the villagers went inside after noticing no movement on Wednesday morning. None of their relatives were coming forward even to claim the bodies after postmortem and cremate them, police sources said.
Police recovered a two-page suicide note allegedly written by Rupa in which she has blamed Sonu’s antisocial activities which maligned their “izzat” (reputation) in society.
“It seems both committed suicide on Tuesday night. Their bodies were hanging from a nylon rope tied to a wooden plank in the roof. Rupa wrote in the suicide note that they had tried hard on several occasions to convince Sonu to shun such activities, but failed. Rupa has also mentioned in the note that their father is innocent and he always wanted to educate and see his children as officers,” Marhaura SDPO Indrajeet Baitha said.
“She has also mentioned that Sonu changed his behaviour only after eloping with a girl for which he even faced a kidnapping case. She also wrote that all his acts maligned the family’s reputation in society,” he added.
Sources said it was Chandeshwar who himself handed over all the items to police. They said Chandeshwar’s arrest might have broken the morale of the mother-daughter duo after which they committed suicide.
Baitha said the bike used by Sonu in the crime was registered in the name of his mother. He said none of their relatives have come forward even after being informed by the police to claim the bodies or to even give a statement. “Police would register a case of unnatural death and cremate the bodies,” he added.
Meanwhile, ADG (headquarters) Jitendra Singh Gangwar on Wednesday said one Ashu Rai was also arrested along with Chandeshwar. Five criminals were involved in the loot, the ADG said at a presser in Patna. “Altogether Rs18.28 lakh of the looted money has been recovered. Four criminals are evading arrest. Police recovered Rs6 lakh each from the residences of Sonu, Ashu and one Shailesh Pathak and Rs28,500 from the house of one Mintu Kumar,” he said.
Gangwar said police would put up the case for speedy trial. He said police would conduct separate investigation in the double-suicide case.

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