The hotel room murder case here took a new turn as family members of Amit and Ankita, who arrived here on Monday, claimed that the crime could not be related to loss in business as suspected by police initially.
They said Amit, who originally hails from Mathura, was staying in Lucknow and owned a jewellery shop. The family was reported missing on August 18. A complaint was also lodged in this regard at the Chowk Bazaar police station in Lucknow. On August 20, police traced Amit’s car at Sangam in Allahabad and recovered a suicide note.
However, Amit’s brother-in-law said even though Amit had taken loans, the business was running in profit and there was no reason for him to take such extreme step for financial problems. Moreover, if he took this step to escape from money lenders, where were they staying for last four months before coming to Puri, he questioned.
Besides, the phone number furnished at the hotel belonged to a person of Karnataka.
In the face of these developments, the police have changed their investigation angle. A police team from Chowk Bazaar of Lucknow is coming to Puri to support the local police in investigation.
Meanwhile, police have recovered some sleeping tablets from the hotel room while post-mortem reports revealed that Ankita was two-month pregnant.
Further investigation is on, said DSP Sasibhusan Satpathy.
He said the bodies of the three victims have been handed over to the family members and further details about Amit and his family will be obtained from them after the final rites are performed.
Amit along with his wife Ankita, seven-year-old daughter Bani and three-year-old son Vidyansu had checked in a hotel in Puri on December 9.
On Saturday, police broke open their room after they received a complaint from the hotel authorities that the occupants of the room were not responding and found Ankita and the two children lying dead. Amit is absconding.