"I don't know whether she has committed the crime but if she (Indrani) has done it, I pray to God that she should be given the most stringent punishment," Das, who claimed to have lived here since 1998, told reporters.

Breaking his silence a week after the three-year old murder mystery came to light, he addressed a press conference, where he said that he did not flee to Bangladesh as reported.

"Why should I flee? I have no role. I have been staying in Kolkata since 1998," he said. On why did he not approach the police when he came to know about the murder of her daughter, he retorted, "Why should I approach the police? Indrani was caught and she had confessed to the crime. The police did not contact me. If the police want me to cooperate, I am ready to cooperate. I am ready for DNA test also".

Das also requested the media to let him live a normal life, saying, "Please spare my wife and son. I could not sleep in the past few days." Asked whether he thought that Indrani could do the murder, he replied, "It may be. In today's world anyone can kill anybody."

Das had earlier in the day said that he had never officially married Indrani and if she 'had murdered (Sheena), she must be hanged'.

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