Updated: April 20, 2016 2:35:51 am
A 40-year-old man allegedly killed his two minor sons and then committed suicide by hanging himself inside his residence on the campus of the Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon.
The bodies of Bharat Kumar Dabas, who worked as an assistant librarian in MDI, and his two sons were found Monday evening. His mother Indro Dabas told police that her son had taken the extreme step as he was being harassed by his wife Sheetal, her sister Pallavi and her parents Rajballa and Rajprakash Suhag, said sources.
“Bharat died due to hanging. His sons had no injury marks… they were either smothered to death or poisoned,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Hawa Singh. “His wife and other members of her family are absconding. We are looking for them,” added Singh.
Investigation revealed the couple fought often and a few days ago, Sheetal had left their home and gone to her parent’s house, police said.
Police have found a suicide note from the spot in which Dabas blamed his in-laws, said sources. “The reason behind my unbelievable action is… my in-laws and my sister-in-law, who used to constantly torture me and threaten me… They also threatened to take both my sons away from me,” stated the suicide note, according to sources.
Sheetal was a professor at the government polytechnic college in Haryana’s Jhajjar district.
According to sources close to the family, Sheetal had tried to contact Dabas over the weekend, but he did not take her calls. On Monday morning, she asked their domestic help, who lived nearby, to check on Dabas.
When Dabas didn’t respond, the MDI administration was informed by the building’s security guard. Dabas’s neighbours, family members and MDI officials tried in vain to break open the door of his apartment. They informed police, who broke open the door and found the bodies of Dabas and his two sons, said sources.
Police are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the children’s cause of death.
C P Shrimali, acting director of MDI Gurgaon, said, “We extend our deep condolence to the family. As a responsible institute, we informed the police immediately…and we would assist the investigation team to the best of our abilities”.
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