Note in dead teen's pocket gives villagers sleepless nights

Suicide or murder? The letter that was found on Amol's body has been forwarded to handwriting
experts in Pune for verification.
Pics/Siddharth Dhadve
17-year-old was found hanging from a tree with his mouth stuffed with cow dung; note in his pocket stated another four would be next victims

Locals of Kolthan village in Murbad are having nightmares ever since the body of 17-year-old Amol Keshav Thackeray was found hanging from a tree next to his residence on Wednesday night.

The body was discovered by his family members, who have alleged that it was hanging upside down with cow dung stuffed in mouth; it also had injury marks on wrists.

However, what has sent shivers down the spines of the villagers is the letter found on the body that read --  four more to go. Amol was a student of Electrical ITI and was doing the course from a Thane college. His father, mother and a younger brother survive him.

"Till the time we reached the spot, the family members had brought the body down and handed it over to us at 8 pm," said Pralad Dasre, police sub-inspector, Murbad police station.

"We have sent the body for autopsy to Thane Hospital and are waiting for the report. Besides, the letter that was found on the body has been sent to the experts in Pune, to verify the handwriting. Since we hadn't seen the body hanging upside down -- the way Amol's family had described -- prima facie we have registered an accidental death report (ADR) in this matter."

"Since the incident has left the villagers scared, our teams are regularly patrolling the area for possible leads," said A J Varlikar, senior police inspector, Murbad police station.

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