March 4, 2009 12:30:49 am
A senior citizen couple reportedly committed suicide in the Nihal Vihar area of West Delhi.
The police said the incident came to light on Tuesday,when relatives reportedly informed the police about a foul smell coming from the house of Lakha Singh (63) and Amarjeet Kaur (63). Officers said the couple had committed suicide on Sunday. However,no one came to know until the foul smell alerted the neighbours.
Today,Lakhas sister Harjeet Kaur went to meet him and found the door closed and heard the television. The foul smell coming from inside drew her attention and she then made a PCR call, the police said.
The couple lived at A-92,Chander Vihar,in Himgiri Enclave,West Delhi. They are survived by three sons and two daughters,all married except the youngest son,Mahender.
The other sons,Satnam and Kuldeep,are settled in Panipat in Haryana. Mahender used to live with his parents,though he was away most of the time on tours as part of his job,the police said.
The investigating officers said they found Lakha Singh hanging from the ceiling fan with his turban,while Amarjeet Kaur was lying on the floor with blood coming out of her mouth. The chunni with which she hanged herself had slipped. Their bodies have now been sent for a postmortem and reports are awaited, the police said.
DCP (West) Sharad Aggarwal said: It seems to be a case of suicide and no foul play is suspected. We are probing the matter further and nothing else can be said at this point of time.
When asked whether Lakha Singh killed his wife first and then committed suicide,Aggarwal said,These are speculations and any further comment can be made only after a probe.
The police said no suicide note has been recovered from the possession of the couple.
Lakha Singh had a private business earlier and of late he had been offering his services as a volunteer in a local gurudwara,where he used to go daily, a senior police officer said.
His sister,Harjeet Kaur,in her statement told the police that she first went to her brothers house on Monday morning and knocked at the door several times but the couple did not respond. I heard the sound of the television and thought they must be watching some programme and decided not to disturb them. However,when I went there today,everything was the same and I got suspicious and raised an alarm, Harjeet Kaur said.
The couples relatives are shocked by the incident. Parwinder Singh,a relative,said: They were very excited about Mahenders upcoming wedding. They used to talk to his fiancé. I dont know what caused them to take such an extreme step.
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