Yet another suicide pact haunts city

Woman,two sons found dead,husband critical; victims suspected to have consumed sedative pills.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: January 23, 2012 3:55:00 am

In another apparent suicide pact,a 41-year-old woman and her two children were found dead while her 42-year-old husband,an electrical contractor,was found unconscious in their rented flat in Ganeshnagar area,Dhayari on Sunday morning. The deaths occurred due to suspected overdose of sedative pills. The police have found a series of suicide notes,including a detailed one that suggests that the extreme step was taken out of superstitious beliefs.

The condition of the husband,Arun Kashinath Palkar,is said to be critical and he is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

The incident came to light around 10 am when Arun’s brother,Umesh,went to his house after Arun did not respond to Umesh’s phone calls in the morning.

Palkar,who hailed from from Chiplun,had been living in Pune for the last 25 years. Inspector Sardar Patil of Haveli police station said,“When Umesh reached the flat,he found the grille door latched from inside. When no one came to open it,Umesh reached in and unlatched the door. The main wooden door was already open. He found Arun,his wife Anita and sons Omkar (11) and Omprakash (6) in the bedroom. While Anita,Omkar and Omprakash were were apparently dead,Arun’s hand was moving slightly. They were all rushed to the hospital. The bodies of the deceased have been sent to Sassoon Hospital for post-mortem.”

Police suspect the victims might have consumed sedative pills or poison late in the night. Patil said,“The entire incident looks well planned. Arun has written a detailed suicide note and five letters to his brothers,to the hospital,to the police,to his landlord and to the housing society. We will be registering a case of murder against him.”

Police said Arun and his wife may have consumed sedative pills or poison on their own will,but the children wouldn’t have done it on their own. “His statement will be recorded when he regains consciousness,” Patil said.

In his suicide note,Arun has stated that the stars were not in his favour since his marriage and he had been facing difficulties. “It doesn’t seem as if he had financial difficulties. His brothers told us that Arun had been helping them monetarily for many years,” police said. In the letter to the doctor,Palkar said that all of them consumed diazepam.

Palkars’ neighbour,Amey Samel,said,“This has come as a shock to all of us. There was no tension in the family and they would interact with the housing society members nicely. Palkar is a very religious person.”

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