A 56-year-old RSS office-bearer, Ashok Kumar Singh, committed suicide on Friday after allegedly poisoning his wife, Neeta (50), and mentally-challenged daughter Astha (18) at Shreejee Garden Colony in Mathura.
The Nagar Karyavah (city secretary) in one of the six RSS units in Mathura, Ashok took the extreme step after incurring heavy losses in business, police said. However, his elder brother Raj Kumar, an advocate and also an RSS Sah Prant Karyavah, claimed that Singh, a mechanical engineer, was not facing any financial crunch and had got a job in Faridabad recently. “His luggage was packed and they were about to shift. I spoke to him on Thursday and he told about his plan to shift to Faridabad,” Kumar said, adding he had no idea why Singh took such drastic step.
Kumar said he had received a depressing SMS from Singh at 6 am, where he said he was unable to bear the burden of losses anymore, had taken wrong decisions, was duped by several persons and had lost credibility. He went opn to ask Kumar not to waste time in cremation and rituals. He had also sent the text to their two sisters and a family friend Niranjan Singh, who later called up Kumar to inform that Singh and his wife were not picking up his phone call.
Kumar said he immediately rushed to Singh’s house with his son Mayank and found it bolted from inside. They broke into the house to find Neeta and Astha lying dead on a bed with froth coming out of their mouth while Singh’s body was hanging from a ceiling fan.
Earlier, Singh had worked in several firms in different states. He, however, left his job and returned to Mathura about eight years ago. He, along with his family, was staying in their sister’s house which was lying vacant, Kumar said. Singh’s eldest son Piyush is working at a private firm in Gurgaon while younger son Vaibhav is pursuing BTech from an institute in Noida.
ASP (City) Mukul Dwivedi said Singh, along with three partners, had started a business of manufacturing bitumen, an element used in road surfacing. However, the business was shut down few months ago. Following this, Singh got a job in a private firm in Faridabad and had also taken a house on rent to shift with his family there.
When contacted, Mathura’s BJP district president D P Goyal said, “Ashok Kumar Singh was an active RSS worker. We are shocked to hear the news of his demise.”