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No clue yet on Pranab Mahanta�s whereabouts

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 21 � Police is yet to trace the whereabouts of Pranab Kumar Mahanta, who is believed to have killed his wife and two daughters with a hammer at their Banphool Path residence in the Hatigaon area of the city in the wee hours on Saturday.

Mahanta�s car was found near the Saraighat Bridge a few hours after the bodies were spotted, but it is still not clear whether he had actually committed suicide, police said.

�We are not ruling out anything at this moment. Having said that, it is true that the accused�s behaviour had been very inconsistent in the past. Earlier, too, he had threatened his family members of such consequences,� police sources told this reporter.

Investigators today collected detailed medical history of Mahanta and found that he was a psychiatric patient and was undergoing regular medical treatment for quite some time.

On Nayanjyoti Bhattacharya, police informed that he will soon be questioned in this regard and that a notice has been sent to him.

�Bhattacharya was a close friend of Mahanta and they had some financial issues. There are a few points which are still not clear,� sources said.

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No clue yet on Pranab Mahanta�s whereabouts

GUWAHATI, June 21 � Police is yet to trace the whereabouts of Pranab Kumar Mahanta, who is believed to have killed his wife and two daughters with a hammer at their Banphool Path residence in the Hatigaon area of the city in the wee hours on Saturday.

Mahanta�s car was found near the Saraighat Bridge a few hours after the bodies were spotted, but it is still not clear whether he had actually committed suicide, police said.

�We are not ruling out anything at this moment. Having said that, it is true that the accused�s behaviour had been very inconsistent in the past. Earlier, too, he had threatened his family members of such consequences,� police sources told this reporter.

Investigators today collected detailed medical history of Mahanta and found that he was a psychiatric patient and was undergoing regular medical treatment for quite some time.

On Nayanjyoti Bhattacharya, police informed that he will soon be questioned in this regard and that a notice has been sent to him.

�Bhattacharya was a close friend of Mahanta and they had some financial issues. There are a few points which are still not clear,� sources said.