Why this Indian-American Committed Suicide after killing Family ?
18th June 2019
WASHINGTON: An Indian-American IT professional committed suicide by shooting himself while his wife and two minor sons were also found shot dead inside their home in the US State of Iowa, the police said today after authorities conducted autopsies to unravel the mysterious death of all four members of the family. The West Des Moines Police Department, which is probing the case, came to this conclusion after forensic autopsies were conducted on Sunday. The bodies of Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya Sunkara, 41, their 14-year-old son Prabhas Sunkara and 11-year-old son Suhas Sunkara were found inside their home on Saturday morning. West Des Moines police said that Mr Chandrasekhar killed himself inside his family’s home. His wife, Lavanya, and the couple’s sons were also shot, authorities said. However, the police declined to identify their killer, but they have said there is no danger to the public in connection with the deaths, The Des Moines Register reported. “The manners of death for Lavanya Sunkara and the two boys are homicide. The manner of death for Chandrasekhar Sunkara is suicide,” the police said in a statement. “The State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the causes of death for all four family members to be gunshot wounds,” the police said. “Officials are working with surviving family members to provide support. Investigators are continuing to review evidence and conduct interviews,” the police added. Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard said Monday that Mr Sunkara was issued a permit to carry weapons in April after passing a state background check. Mr Leonard said that West Des Moines police had told him that Mr Sunkara purchased at least one weapon after the permit was issued, but investigators are still working to determine what was purchased and from where. The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) said he was an IT professional in the Technology Services Bureau for the department for the past 11 years. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Sunkaras,” the DPS said in a statement. He was a civilian worker, and so was not a sworn officer, Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said. “This was a tragic event and our hearts go out to the family,” Mr Mortvedt said. Officers with the West Des Moines Police Department were sent on Saturday morning to the 900 block of 65th Street, where they found the bodies. “This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family,” Sergeant Dan Wade said in statement. “We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there isno continuing threat to the community,” Mr Wade said. The police said other family members, two adults and two children, were staying in the house as guests. When the bodies were discovered, one of the relatives ran outside looking for help and found a passerby, who called 911. “You don’t see something like this happen in the Indian community, let alone a heinous act like this,” said Shrikar Somayajula who has known the Sunkara family for over a decade. “The family was a very friendly family and so it is really painful,” he said. “We have more questions than answers now as to why this happened and we will probably never find out why this happened,” he said.
अमेरिका /भारतवंशी परिवार के 4 लोगों की मौत का खुलासा, पति ने ही पत्नी-बच्चों को मारकर खुदकुशी की
वॉशिंगटन. अमेरिका में आयोवा के पश्चिमी डेस मोइनेस शहर में एक भारतीय ने अपनी पत्नी और दो बेटों को गोली मारने के बाद खुदकुशी कर ली। घटना शनिवार की है। पहले पुलिस को शक था कि अज्ञात हमलावरों ने घर में घुसकर चारों की हत्या की। मृतकों की पहचान चंद्रशेखर सुनकारा (44), लावण्या सुनकारा (41) और उनके दो बेटों के तौर पर हुई। बच्चों की उम्र 15 और 10 साल थी।
एक पुलिस अधिकारी ने बताया कि शनिवार को चारों संदिग्ध अवस्था में मृत पाए गए थे। पड़ोसियों की जानकारी के बाद मामला सामने आया था। मौके से कई राउंड फायरिंग के सबूत मिले। चंद्रशेखर पिछले 11 साल से इन्फॉर्मेशन टेक्नोलॉजी डिपार्टमेंट में कार्यरत थे। रिकॉर्ड से पता चला है कि परिवार इस घर में इस साल मार्च से रह रहा था।
आंध्र प्रदेश के चंद्रशेखर आईटी प्रोफेशनल थे
आयोवा पुलिस विभाग के डीपीएस ने कहा कि आंध्र प्रदेश के चंद्रशेखर आईटी प्रोफेशनल थे। वे यहां टेक्नोलॉजी सर्विस ब्यूरो डिपार्टमेंट में काम कर रहे थे। इस घटना से मृतकों के परिवार, दोस्तों और सहकर्मियों गहरा सदमा लगा है। हमारी संवेदनाएं उनके साथ हैं।
चंद्रशेखर के दोस्त ने कहा- हमारे मन में कई सवाल
चंद्रशेखर के दोस्त श्रीकर सोमायाजुला ने कहा, ‘‘भारतीय समुदाय के साथ जो हो रहा है, वह सब आप नहीं देख सकते। इस तरीके का यह अकेला मामला नहीं है। यह परिवार बहुत ही सौम्य और व्यावहारिक था, लिहाजा घटना बहुत दर्दनाक है। हमारे मन में अभी भी कई सवाल उठ रहे हैं।’