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In straits, man kills wife, son, then ends life

Relatives said Pratham was so numbed by shock that he could not think of informing anyone and spent the night in the house.

Aman brutally stabbed his wife and seven-year-old son to death before committing suicide by consuming poison at his Sector 9 residence on Thursday. He also tried to kill his another son, aged 11, but the boy luckily survived and is now undergoing treatment at PGI.

The incident came to light when a relative arrived to meet the family on Friday morning. The man, identified as Vinod Mittal (38), owned a grocery shop in Manimajra. He left behind a suicide note, saying he was passing through a financial crisis but had got no help from relatives and was, therefore, committing the act with the consent of his wife Neelam (35).

Mittal used a butcher’s knife to kill Neelam and younger son Rohit. Mittal’s body had “hesitant cuts’’ on the throat. Apparently, he consumed poison after he could not stab himself to death. Poison was also found in Neelam’s body in the post-mortem. Elder son Pratham had deep cuts on the wrist, throat and abdomen. He told the police that Mittal first killed Neelam, next Rohit and then stabbed him.

After this, Pratham became unconscious. The family, which hailed from Rohtak, lived in a rented house. Both children studied at St Xavier’s School in Sector 20, Pratham in class 8 and Rohit in class 4. Pratham told the police that his father attacked them on after they returned from the school around 3 pm. He regained consciousness about an hour later and found his parents and brother lying motionless.

Relatives said Pratham was so numbed by shock that he could not think of informing anyone and spent the night in the house.

In the morning, Pratham’s aunt Neenu arrived and he opened the door. She was shocked to see the scene inside.

Pratham was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, which referred him to Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32.Later, he was shifted to PGI.

“The boy is conscious, but he has deep cuts in his abdomen, and on the left side of the body. He also has a deep slit on his throat, as a result of which his airway has been ruptured,” said a doctor.

Dr Sunil Gambhir of the General Hospital, Sector 6, who conducted the postmortem, said, “There were multiple stab injuries on the front and back of the bodies of the woman and the child. Their throats were slit. These are brutal murders, especially of the child, who was stabbed multiple times.” He added, “The man probably tried to slit his throat first, and after failing to do so, he ingested poison. Poison was also found in the body of the woman, and we have sent the viscera for testing to determine the type of poison used.” The police said tablets of sulfos, an insecticide, were found in the house. The police also recovered the knife

used in the crime and lodged an FIR of murder and attemptto murder at the Sector 5 police station.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Aadarshdeep Singh said that in the suicide note, Mittal stated that he had borrowed Rs 5 lakh, which he was unable to pay.“He has named the people from whom he had taken the loan, and we have showed that letter to families of Vinod and Neelam,” said the ACP. He ruled out foul play.

Pratham, the only survivor, had celebrated his birthday two days back. “Many of our relatives had gathered, everybody was happy that day. The house was decorated with colourful baloons,” said one of Neelam’s relatives.

NEIGHBOURS HAD NO CLUE

The family lived on the ground floor of the threestorey house which had two other tenants, one each on the ground floor and the second floor. The first floor was

occupied by the owner, who stays in Singapore. However, neither the other tenants nor neighbours said they heard any cries, or suspected anything unusual in the house. “The water cooler was on in their house, and the television was also on,” said a neighbour. Neelam used to visit a nearby temple every morning religiously, said the priest. “She used to go on an evening walk along with her two children. Both children were quite good in studies, and the younger one had stood first in his class last year,” said a neighbour whose children studied with Rohit and Pratham in the same school.

“We never heard of any fights between the couple, and they seemed quite happy together. Relatives regularly visited them,” said another neighbour.

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