Twenty-four hours after he mysteriously disappeared from a hotel room in Kashimira after entering a suspected suicide pact with his wife and daughter, 38-year-old Ryan Brako was tracked by police to another lodge in Mira Road on Tuesday. The family’s heartrending story of financial misery, which drove them to move into a hotel was reported on Monday.
While the daughter, seven-year-old Anayka Brako was found dead, her mother Poonam, who had been found in a semi-conscious state, was rushed to the civil hospital in Bhayandar. She is now reported to be in stable condition. The father, Ryan Brako, had apparently left the hotel around 10am on Monday, hours before the hotel staff heard Poonam Brako shouting for help. Bottles of rat poison were found in the room hinting at a suicide pact.
A financial crisis had forced Ryan, who worked for a private company, to sell his flat in Vasai. The deal went wrong and debtors were reportedly breathing down his neck. The family had checked into a room on the second floor of the Seasons hotel on May 27 and Ryan was trying to arrange funds. However, when his attempts failed, the couple is alleged to have entered a suicide pact and administered rat poison to their daughter before consuming it themselves on Sunday night. It is suspected that Ryan found out that the poison had failed to work on his wife, so he tried to strangle her, following which she lost consciousness. Ryan then walked out of his room, sold off his mobile and returned with two knives, but could not gather the courage to stab his wife, or himself, sources said.
According to Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Hazare, “Yes, Ryan was traced today and we are questioning him. Knives have been recovered from the room. But it is too early to jump to conclusions. While autopsy reports are awaited, the statements of the couple will be corroborated before applying sections of the IPC.” said. While the minor’s body has been sent to the J J Hospital in Mumbai for forensic examination, Poonam’s condition is now stable.