Guwahati/ Howraghat, June 20: Two incidents of family murder have sent shock waves through the State.
In Guwahati, businessman Prab Mahanta's wife Priyanka Kashyap (48), and their two daughters - Dimpi and Diya - were found dead at their residence at Banphul gar of Hatigaon this morning.
Prab Mahanta is missing, but his car was found near the Saraighat bridge, raising suspicion that he might have committed suicide by jumping into the river after killing his family. It was learnt that Mahanta was suffering from depression and had been treated at the Tezpur Mental Hospital.
"We have found a hammer near the bodies of his wife and two daughters. Apparently, that was the murder tool. But we cannot conclude anything at this stage. Forensic experts are examining the scene," police commissioner Mukesh Agarwalla, who visited Mahanta's residence, said.
Two glasses were also found in the room and police suspect that in one, there are traces of intoxicating substances.
Police also found a hand-written note from Mahanta's house which indicated that a person refused to pay him back lakhs of rupees which he had lent a few years ago. Mahanta is origilly from Sivasagar.
He has a cooking gas agency in neighbouring Morigaon district and a tent house business in Guwahati.
His brother-in-law ba Mahanta said Prab called him early in the morning today. "He just said that he was sorry for whatever he did and that he should be forgiven. He did not say anything else and hung up," ba Mahanta said. Meanwhile, sensation prevailed at Panjuri Langhin Kro village under Dokmoka police station in Karbi Anglong district following the gruesome murder of three people.
According to sources, Laliram Kro allegedly hacked his wife Ma Hansepi and two children to death with a machete on Friday night. Kro's wife, 7-year-old son Anda Kro and 5-year-old daughter Manjuli Kropi were sleeping when Kro killed them, sources said. He surrendered at Dokomka police station on Saturday. The reason for the murder has not been known as yet. The bodies have been sent to Diphu for post mortem.