New twist in Rumi’s suicide, three including husband, sister booked

Agartala, Jan 10, 2021, ENEWSTIME Desk

The sensational suicide case of one of the 10,323 retrenched teachers, Rumi Debbarma in Tripura seems to have taken a new twist with the police registering a suo moto case against three persons including her sister and husband followed by the recovery of a suicide note.


Although, the suicide note is yet to undergo a forensic test, informed sources claimed that the handwriting resembled Rumi’s other write ups which were recovered during preliminary investigation. 


Rumi’s family members lodged an unnatural death case with the Baijalbari police station. Investigating the case, the police unearthed some mysterious facts about her husband Dinesh Debbarma’s relationship with two women--Anuradha Debbarma and Rumi’s sister Sumi Debbarma. The police, in the evening, took up a suo moto case against three of them under IPC section 306 (Abatement for suicide), 201 (disappearing evidences) and 34 (common intentions). 


Speaking on the issue, Officer In-charge Khowai police station said, “Soon after taking up the investigation we came to know about Dinesh’s illicit relations with his sister-in-law Sumi Debbarma. Further investigation revealed that he was also involved in another illicit affair with Anuradha Debbarma. All these things got clear with the recovery of the suicide note of Rumi that she posted at her Facebook handle before committing suicide”. 


On being asked whether any arrests were made or not, the OC said, the police were exploring every aspects of the case and arrests would be made soon. 


Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Rumi had been brought back to her home on Sunday and her last rites were performed following all the rituals. 


It may be noted Rumi committed suicide after consuming acid and succumbed at a Hospital in Agartala on Saturday evening. Moreover, her one year old baby was also admitted in the Hospital in critical condition, and it is suspected that Rumi poisoned her baby. The agitating members of Joint Movement of 10323 terminated ad hoc teachers immediately started protest claimed that Rumi – a meritorious and Gold medalist - committed suicide out of frustration due to loss of job. Some of the agitating retrenched teachers even tonsured in protest.


The agitating teachers were inducted into the state government schools in different phases from 2010 when the CPI-M-led Left government was in power. The Tripura HC in 2011 and 2014 in separate judgements terminated the services of all 10,323 teachers, saying the selection criteria had "discrepancies" and subsequently, the apex court upheld the HC's decision. After separate appeals by the previous Left and the incumbent BJP governments, the Supreme Court, however, extended their services up to March 2020.