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Udupi: Suicide by honest family weeks before engagement raises questions


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Jul 14: It is almost certain that Shankaracharya (51), who was running Shreya Jewellers at Padubelle near Shirva since many years, had solely planned the decimation of his entire family comprising himself, his wife and two grownup, intelligent daughters. It appears that he had mixed poisonous substance, perhaps cyanide, to the food of his wife and daughters before consuming it himself directly. A plate of rice and sambar was found unused at his house and a sachet of poisonous substance was found by the side of Acharya's body, which give an indication that the head of the family had planned the deaths of himself and his family members. Being a jeweller, it was easy for him to get cyanide, it is being analyzed.

Food in three plates were consumed while the other was not. Rice soaked in water for preparing Dosa batter was found inside the house, giving an indication that Nirmala Acharya did not have an inkling of her husband's plans.

Shankaracharya had sent a boy working in his shop on a holiday to his native place a few days back, telling him that he would call him back when his services were needed. Owner of the neighbouring shop said Acharya had cleaned up his shop on the night of Wednesday. Acharya, it is said, also ensured that he returned every piece of gold for which he had received orders, to the customers before leaving for heavenly abode.

Engagement angle

Both the daughters of Acharya were intelligent. His elder daughter Shruti had completed her MBA degree course through a college at Moodbidri and had bagged an employment. She was engaged to marry a youth working at Chennai on September 3. The fact that Acharya chose extinction of his family weeks before the marriage of his daughter has given rise to doubts about the possibility of this incident having some links with this marriage. His younger daughter Shreya had paid fee for studying MCA course in a college at Manipal, it is gathered.

Many have put forth the theory that the Acharya was overburdened by debt, and that he would have chosen to escape from the insult of being unable to repay his debt. But on the face it, the family's friends and relatives claim, no such problems were evident. This has confounded the issue further. Acharya's brothers who live in neighbouring houses, do not have a clue what happened. His mother, who lives with Shankaracharya's brother by the side, had visited the family of Shankaracharya at about 8.30 am to give flower to Nirmala when she saw that the door was open and family members were lying unconscious. She called for help and immediately and the unconscious people were taken to Manipal. As the car in which they were being taken developed problems on the way, they were shifted to another car and taken to Manipal hospital but the doctors pronounced them brought dead.

So far there has not been a clinching clue that can point out the exact reason for these deaths. No death notes were found and close ones are not aware what was bothering Shankaracharya. Perhaps things might begin to unravel with the progress of investigation undertaken by the Shirva police during the days to come.

Funeral of the deceased was conducted at Beedinagudde graveyard on Thursday after postmortem at Manipal. Minister Pramod Madhwaraj expressed shock and grief at this. BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa, Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake, MP Shobha Karandlaje, MLA Sunil Kumar, former MLAs Ragjiupati Bhat and Lalaji R Mendon, BJP leaders Mattar Ratnakar Hegde, Yashpal Suvarna, Gurme Suresh Sjhetty and several others paid last respects to the deceased.

Comment on this article

  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Suicide is not the remedy to any problems in life

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    For a minute put your feet in his shoes n think?

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    With rising unemployment , education now a days is just a showmake in a society , it burdens head or bread winner of the family ( normally father ). He has to spend all on education plus marriage of his siblings ( specially daughters ) , and whatever invested takes eons of years to earn back . The step is extream , there should be goverment policy so that they can file personal bankrupcy ( as in developed countries ) , and start everything fresh . Its sad that such agony has to happen .

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  • Rajendra, Pune

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    May their soul rest in peace...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Mobile Phone records of Shankaracharya will help ...

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  • Dr. Zita Lobo, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    As reported it is the financial circumstances that might have lead to the team to commit murder/suicide. With education and hard work, they could have overcome this. Money can be made but lives gone cannot be brought back. However, only the father who brought himself to poison three people who his life centred around would know the depressing feelings a man in deep debt could be. Debt is a vicious circle.
    RIP innocent souls

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  • Santhosh, Mangalore-Qatar

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Dear family of the departed souls I'm with you during this painful time.Condolences.
    Dear friends,let our culture add color to our lives but not take color from it.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    For professional frauds/swindlers, not paying back loans/duping others of crores is no issue, but for a honest n respectable man it is definitely not possible to escape!

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Cruel and Coward father killed three innocent family members..

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    How do you know?

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    I don't think anyone from outside killed them..From the article, i guess to the best of my knowledge, it is father who took initiative to go for suicide ,either by forcing them to take poison or mixing poison without their knowledge...At the end..finger points towards father only..

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  • Nishar, Kuwait / Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Sad indeed...many things comes to mind which is frustrating....M Speachless...

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    very sad incident. if this was because of debt fear... I was thinking from a different angle. just imagine if he turned himself to be not capable of paying back the debt, how society or we would have reacted. how the bank or those to whom he owed the money would have reacted blaming whole family, including his wife and daughters... so that must be the fear due to which he would have thought to take all 4 of them.

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  • Utsav, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Whatever but he has no right to kill others

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  • Anonymous, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    This is not a family suicide, but the murder of 3 innocent people and the suicide of one person. May their souls rest in peace.

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  • John Madtha, Mangaluru/Muscat

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Very shocking and heart breaking news that whole family committing suicide. It is hard to believe. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Beautiful family ,Intelligent Children everything good some deep problems lead to suicide .Deepest condolences
    How to prevent in suicide in society ?
    Ans; How ever isolated you ,your family may be you should have some close ,Closest very close to the heart Friend ,God father or Relative who will shower selfless love towards you and you should share those problems with him and try to find the answers to the problems .If you don't have anyone it could be a Good Psychiatrist and Psychological Counsellor

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    If one has gone totally financially bust, from whom can u expect help from?

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    What a tragedy, the budding stars are vanished for no fault of theirs. RIP.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Life is a gods gift to human ,ups and down is a part of lifes journey , very difficult to understand the situvation here,

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  • ssshet, kundapur

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    It doesn't look like suicide, might be someone has mixed cyanide in the food which they have consumed.
    or Shifting to another vehicle on the way to the hospital sounds, there is something fishy.

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  • Nancy, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Beautiful Family.

    Heart cries out looking the faces of beautiful daughters.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Suicide is not justifiable for any reasons

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  • SKM, MANGALORE

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Proper investigation will get the correct answer as it seems the head of the family might did the unthinkable. honest and upright people many a time do not have the guts to face society when something goes wrong like failure to fulfill marriage demands.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    It is hard to believe that a family of four would commit suicide. There are many questions to be answered which the police will find out in due course. May their souls rest in eternal peace and sympathies to the bereaved families and loved ones.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Only the Almighty has the answers ...

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  • Anita Coutinho, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 14 2017

    Very shocking and heart breaking news...no words to say...May their soul rest in peace.

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