Lone survivor in Parala suicide pact case dies

Berhampur: Even as chief minister Naveen Patnaik ordered for a Crime Branch inquiry into the mysterious death of Anang Manjari Patra, the palace manager of Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deb in Paralakhemundi, and her two siblings, lone survivor in the incident Santosh Patra alias Tulu died at MKCG medical college and hospital here on Monday evening.

Santosh, who was rescued by the police in a critical condition on Sunday, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the hospital, doctors said.

Though a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed by Crime Branch of Odisha police to probe the matter, the death of Santosh has made its job tough given the deceased was the sole witness to the whole episode leading to the death of Patra siblings.

Now, after the death of Santosh, the investigating team will pin hopes on the suicide notes recovered from bodies of the three.

The team is expected to begin investigation tomorrow.

On Sunday, police had force opened the locked house of Anang, who was at the centre of a huge controversy over the deteriorating health condition of the king, and recovered the three bodies; that of Ananga Manjari and two of her siblings, a sister and a brother.

Circumstances suggested that all three of them had committed suicide.

While Ananga and her elder sister Bijaylaxmi had apparently consumed poison, the body of their brother Sanjay, who had resigned as the Maharaja’s PA just days ago, was found hanging.