Four members of a family were found dead inside their house under mysterious circumstances at Jamdola village under Bheden block of Bargarh on Sunday.
As per initial reports, the weaver family included 55-year-old Seshadeb Meher, his 48-year-old wife Khireshwari, and their two children 28-year-old Arabinda Meher and 20-year-old Shibani Meher were the deceased.
The cause of the deaths in the entire family is yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, suspense over the death mystery has increased as it is unclear whether they were murdered or killed themselves.
According to sources, Bheden Police IIC Sangita Mohapatra along with her team reached the village and broke open the locked house in presence of the Magistrate. The police team recovered all four bodies from the dark room inside the house emitting foul smell. It is suspected that the deaths of the family members might have occurred a few days ago. The foul smell from the house prompted the neighours and others to inform the police that something was amiss as house was locked and the family was not seen for last few days.
Further investigation into the matter will be carried out, the police informed. As per their neighbours, the family was well-behaved and peace-loving. They had no enmity with others.
Bargarh SP Parmar Smith has informed that a police team under the supervision of Bargarh SDPO Amrit Panda has been deployed to guard the house. A scientific team and dog squad will be deployed to further the probe into the mass deaths on Monday.
Reported by Deepak Sharma (Bargarh)