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Udupi: Suicide pact - Police collect information, many questioned

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Jul 15: District superintendent of police K T Balakrishna, accompanied by a team of officials, visited the residence of Shankaracharya from Padubelle, where all four family members had died due to poison consumption. He guided investigations from various angles and instructed the police to hasten the investigation.

All the rooms in acharya's home as well as his jewellery shop have been confiscated. The policemen also made enquiries about calls made by the family members before the suicide. Brothers of the late Shankaaracharya, Harishchandra Acharya and Damodar Acharya, were also questioned about possible reasons for this devastating act. A relative named Arun Acharya who had worked in the jewellery shop in the past, was also questioned.

The boy from Chennai with whom the elder daughter of Shankaracharya was to marry in a few weeks from now, arrived from Chennai . It is said as per his claim, Shankaracharya, Nirmala Acharya and Shruti had called him over phone on Thursday morning. The police reportedly got clue that Shankaracharya had raised loans from various sources. He also had borrowed for educating his daughters, as he wanted to accede to their wish to pursue higher education towards brightening their future.

Kaup police circle inspector, Halamurthy Rao, is guiding the investigation undertaken by Shirva police.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    It is really very sad noone knows the exact cause of their suecide.Even though doubt about big loan,could have putback the marraige of daughter,and let her work before marraige.why did he not consult some one about his disability,or family members before doing thid ghastly act?Was it the future son inlaw denied the marraige because of no money matters was the cause?wenever come to know the truth.He took it into the grab/Heaven may their souls rest in peace.Did the police investigate what they had in their stomach ,what type of stoff?

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  • Prashanth Kamath, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    Never go overboard with expenses.

    It's better to live in peace without loans rather than being in debt.

    Live within our means. This is a lesson to everyone.

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  • Suresh Pai, Bangalore / Kudla

    Mon, Jul 17 2017

    Rita bai should start a new crime detection and investigation show. Every time a news article is published, Rita bai's investigative angle, and stories after stories enthrall the audience. Please consider starting a show or writing a crime thriller, Rita bai.

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  • SR, Pune

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    This suicide maybe related to marriage of his elder daughter. Daughter may have gone against father's wishes to marry boy of her choice. Mr Acharya might not have digested this, even wife and younger daughter may have sided with elder daughter. This maybe honour killing.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    The following are my observations -
    1. Shankaracharya had spent a lot on education & other expenses of his daughters.
    2. Demonetization has affected his jewelry business.
    3. He had a lot of debt.
    4. Someone whom he had taken loan from might have told him something of bad taste about his family.
    5. He thought that he cannot take loan anymore for his daughter's wedding.

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  • john, mangalore,/sicily,italy

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    i have seen many places wives eating the brains of their husband for borrowing loans for big house,for education loans,and comparing with other children this is a lesson to everyone, those who go for loan!! before borrowing loan first study ur situation,sit and think 5 times, and check your capacity, dont go beyond your capacity,check also your income, dont be competitive. dont compare your children to neighbours children. if u dont have capacity to spend for higher education there are govt institutions in other streams which are cheaper than private. later on husband fed up with life and land up in such situation. blaming/questioning now is of no use. dead will never come back again.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    Yes, John, you have explained the reality, that is going on in many families.
    A man in Mumbai, after heart surgery, was asked by doctor, whom he should send inside ICU, since many of his family members were waiting. "Doctor, send anyone, but, never, my wife" he said. Since it is strange, later, doctor asked him the reason and he explained that to satisfy his wife's desire, to keep up with Joneses, he struggled a lot collecting diamonds for her, that had landed him there.

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    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Although he is an honest and upright person killing himself and his family is not acceptable, at least he should have spared his family if the ghastly act is done by him only. Never listen to women if they demand to spend more, stretch one's leg as per his sources is the proverb true for all the time.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Truth has gone with the dead!! Why could it not have been a family pact???
    Read the sensational suicide case, that happened in upmarket 'Grand Paradi' apartments in Mumbai, of a family suicide of a rich diamond merchant, his wife, n daughter!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Just a week ago a young couple committed suicide leaving behind a 2 year old after going financially bust!!

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    When you take loan....take like that lenders committ suicide instead!!!

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    CA's have to be consulted before taking loans ...

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  • Indian, Shirva

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Nowadays suicides increases more than 1000% because of demonetization and GST.

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/Abudhabi

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    This loans sharks will kill everyone one day.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    The only person remains with you, even in your adversity, is not your friend, but your creditor. Better go to bed supper less, than rising in debt.

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  • Abdul Jabbar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    kya baat bola yaar...100 likes...

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  • shalini salian, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Well said. financial loans have ruined many a lives. borrow in hurry and cry whole life.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Mobile Phone records will nail the culprit ...

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