GUWAHATI, March 22: Kanak Bansal Singhal (in her mid-30s), a mother of two children, died on Saturday morning after reportedly jumping from the roof of her apartment located in Sundarpur area around 9 am.
What is extremely suspicious in this case is that the family of the deceased did not inform the police about the incident in the first place. It was the hospital authorities who brought the matter to the notice of the police after she was declared brought dead.
Even more baffling is the fact that the investigating officer was sent to Upper Assam for election duty just hours after the incident had occurred, giving him no time to get to the root of the matter and assess the causes and circumstances leading to the death of the woman.
Further, sources said that minutes after the investigating officer had reached the place of the incident, he was reportedly asked by his senior officer to leave the place and attend to a case of burglary near the Down Town Hospital, leaving enough doubt as to whether there was an attempt to hush up the matter.
Although a case of unnatural death has been registered with the Dispur Police Station, questions are being asked as to why the ‘murder’ angle was straightaway ruled out since experts believe that in such cases even the post mortem report invariably remains inconclusive.
Was the police under some sort of obligation to hush up the case? And given the gravity of the case, why was the investigating officer not allowed enough time to assess the ‘place of occurrence’ as he is believed to have left the place within 15-20 minutes after interacting with two persons who claimed that they did not see anything.
“Is a case of burglary more important than one which accounted for the life of a young woman,” question many who knew Kanak.
People close to the deceased are of the opinion that in view of the manner in which the case was handled, there are more questions than answers.