Bhubaneswar: In a different turn of events the persons accused of keeping the Gajapati of Pralakhemundi, Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deb under confinement in his palace were found dead at their Jagama Street house. The dead are the former palace manager Anang Manjari Patra and two siblings while the third sibling her brother Santosh Patra (Tulu) was found alive but is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. All the siblings are alleged to have committed suicide but one of the brothers has survived the attempt, sources added.
According to the sources, among the dead Anang Manjari Patra and her sister are suspected to have consumed poison while body of one of her brother Sanjay Patra was found hanging in the same room.
On Sunday people residing in the locality had informed the police of foul odour coming out of the house of the deceased. On getting the information local police broke open the door in the presence of an executive magistrate and found the dead bodies of the siblings and also rescued the lone survivor of the suicide attempt from inside the house.
According to eye witness account the house was locked from inside for the last three days and no one was seen entering or coming out. And after the foul odour emanated they suspected something wrong and approached the police.
Meanwhile as the local SP has started the investigations, Southern Range IG Amitabh Thakur said that the prima facie evidence reveals it is a case of suicide. However, the exact reason of the death can ascertained after post-mortem. The statement of the rescued brother of the deceased will also be recorded, Thakur added.
Anang Manjari Patra made headlines recently for allegedly holding the Gajapati under confinement leading to his deteriorating health. She was also accused for not allowing anybody, including the close relatives of the Gajapati to meet him.
The daughter of the Gajapati, Kalyani Devi who resides in Chennai had written a letter to the Chief Minister urging him to inquire into the property transactions of the royal family that has taken place over the past 35 years. Local political leaders from various political parties had also demanded the arrest of the palace manager.