Five members of a family today allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a canal near Kathlal town in Kheda district, police said. Mukeshbhai Sharma (42), his wife Lalitaben Sharma (40), and their daughters–Jhanvi (15), Jinal (12) and Priyanshi (5) –jumped into a canal linked to Sedha river at Ghoghawada village near Kathlal town, they said.
Bodies of Lalitaben and her daughter Jhanvi were recovered from two different villages while that of other three were yet to be recovered, police said.
Mahuda police, in Kheda district, said that body of Lalitaben was recovered from the canal near Khandivav village, while Mehmadabad police said Jhanvi’s body was recovered from a canal at Jariya village.
Search operation was on to recover the three bodies, police said. Mukeshbhai ran a grocery shop at Walan Falia in Kathlal town.
While the exact cause of the extreme steps taken by the man, his wife and his three daughters was not clear, police said, adding it suspects financial crisis could be one of the reasons.