- Gajapati is a sleepy town 237 km to the south of state capital Bhubaneswar
- On August 21, the palace manager was found dead along with three siblings
- They had allegedly consumed poison to commit suicide
- Before the deaths, the local MLA had led a campaign demanding action against the manager and her brother for keeping the ‘maharaja’ under ‘house arrest’ and trying to sell off royal properties
Tumultous and tragic developments over the past two weeks have thrown the Gajapati palace in the southern Orissa town of Parlakhemundi and the ailing head of the local royal family, a former MP, to the centre of a raging scandal that has all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler, a suicide pact included.
On August 21, the body of Ananga Manjari Patra, the 54-year-old palace manager, was recovered from her Jangam Sahi residence along with those of her siblings Bijaylaxmi and Sanjay. They...