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Trader,wife and 2 children charred,police say suicide to escape debt

Four members of a family allegedly set themselves ablaze in West Delhi,early Saturday.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: April 7, 2013 1:48:00 am

Four members of a family allegedly set themselves ablaze in Uttam Nagar,West Delhi,early Saturday.

The family left a suicide note on the wall blaming their neighbours with whom they had a property dispute,police said.

The incident was reported from A-Block of Uttam Nagar at 5.45 am. Police received a call that a house in the locality was on fire. A team rushed to the spot and found that there was a blaze on the second floor of a house. Two fire tenders were brought in to douse the flames and take out the bodies.

The dead have been identified as Rajinder Saxena (48),his wife Amita (32),and sons Ayaan (10) and Tiku (5).

According to police,Saxena ran a snacks-making unit,Amita Food Industries — named after his wife — in Bawana. He owned the house built on a 50-square metre plot. His family occupied the top two floors while the ground floor was locked.

“The couple’s bedroom was on the second floor where the children also slept. It was completely burnt and the bodies were recovered from there,” a police officer said.

On the terrace above the bedroom was a small temple. Police said the couple had scribbled a suicide note on one of its walls with pencils. It was purportedly signed by Saxena and his wife.

Speaking to Newsline,Additional Commissioner of Police V Renganathan said,“The suicide note read: ‘We are committing suicide,aatmadaah (self-immolation). Our neighbours,with whom we have a property dispute,should be held responsible for our death. We are verifying the facts and a case of abetment to suicide will be registered at the Uttam Nagar police station.”

In the note,police said,the couple had also mentioned that their neighbours used to harass them continuously. A case in this regard is pending in a Tis Hazari court.

Police sources said Saxena bought the house two years ago. But a cheque of Rs 22 lakh issued by Saxena had bounced,which led to a dispute,police said.

Saxena’s neighbours too told police that he was under severe financial crunch.

“With little or no income and mounting expenses,he had taken heavy loans. We used to see moneylenders come to his house almost every day and he had repeated arguments with his neighbour. Even the children,who could be seen playing on the streets earlier,had stopped coming out. They did not even attend school anymore,” a neighbour said.

Police said Amita was Saxena’s second wife. “Amita used to work in his company. They fell in love and married. Amita belonged to Aurangabad while Saxena was from Delhi. Investigations are underway and a case of abetment to suicide will be registered after investigations,” a police officer said.

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