The man who allegedly killed his sons and then committed suicide on Saturday night did so by first strangling his sons and then consuming poison, according to the post-mortem report. The report ruled out the possibility that the children had been given poison.
The bodies of Gauravdeep Singh, 13, and Harshdeep Singh, 14, were returned to the family for conducting last rites.
Also, the viscera of Jagtar Singh (39), the father, was sent to the Chemical Examiner Laboratory at Kharar for further verification, and his body was handed over to the family. The post-mortem was performed by a board of three doctors at Civil Hospital, Phase 6.
The aggrieved family members of the deceased said that Jagtar’s wife Charanjit Kaur and mother Gurdev Kaur continued to be inconsolable. “There was a wedding scheduled to take place in our family in a few days due to which various extended family members had converged on our village in the last few days. Little did we know that our celebrations would turn into tragedy. Some relatives had flown in from as far as the United States and Italy to attend the wedding,” said Chand Singh, brother-in-law of Jagtar.
The family members and friends of the deceased said that Jagtar had been working on and off as a daily wager at various places but had not been able to find work ever since a road accident led to the fracture of his hip-bone. Thereafter, he had sunk into depression. They said that Jagtar had seven sisters, two of whom had died — one was killed by her in-laws while the other one committed suicide.
“There are multiple factors responsible for a suicide. But yes, it is a possibility that members of a particular family may be genetically predisposed to be afflicted with a mental disorder. If a person is genetically at a higher risk of committing suicide as compared to others, and if an event in his life leads him to fall into hopelessness, then the chances of him committing suicide increase manifold,” said Dr B S Chavan, a professor of psychiatry at GMCH, Sector 32.