A resident of Landran late Saturday night allegedly murdered his two sons and thereafter allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets. The man left behind a suicide note, wherein he blamed his poor economic condition for taking such an extreme step.
The 39-year-old man was identified as Jagtar Singh and his two sons as Gauravdeep Singh, 13, and Harshdeep Singh, 14.
According to the police, Jagtar along with his two sons and mother was present at his residence on Saturday night while his wife Charanjeet Kaur had gone to visit her parental house at Nabha, Patiala.
The police suspect the crime, allegedly committed by Jagtar, was pre-planned as he had told his wife on Saturday evening to visit her parental house, citing the bad health of her father. According to the police, Kaur left for Nabha around 5 pm.
Around 11 pm, Jagtar’s mother was sleeping in her room on the first floor of the house while Jagtar and his two sons were on the ground floor. During this period, Jagtar allegedly murdered his two sons.
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However, the police could not establish how the murder took place. According to the police, there were some external injury marks on the necks of the two boys, leading to a suspicion that they might have been strangled. However, the police also did not rule out the possibility that the two boys were murdered after being given the same celphos tablets, which Jagtar allegedly consumed.
“The picture will be clear after the post-mortem of the father and sons is conducted tomorrow. After receiving the post-mortem report, we will get an idea as to how the two boys were allegedly murdered,” said investigating officer Balbir Singh.
The suicide note, written in Punjabi, stated that he was depressed due to financial constraints. He needed money for treatment of a fracture in his hip joint. He had even sold his house to come out of poverty, but it did not help. It was better to die than to live in such extreme poverty, the note added.
It was after Jagtar’s mother Gurdev Kaur woke up in the morning and went downstairs that she noticed her son and grandsons lying unconscious on the bed. She called the police around 9.30 am.
The police reached the spot and rushed the three to civil hospital in Phase 6, Mohali. However, they were declared dead on arrival.
Three empty packets of celphos tablets were recovered by the police from Jagtar’s residence.
On the complaint of Jagtar’s brother-in-law Chand Singh, a case of murder (Section 302) under the Indian Penal Code was registered against Jagtar by the Mohali police.
Jagtar’s wife Charanjeet returned home around Sunday noon and was inconsolable. Jagtar was unemployed and the home was being run by the pension of his deceased father. The two sons of Jagtar studied at a private school.