Six members of a family, including two children, were found dead at an apartment in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district on Sunday. Police said that prima facie it appears the children were killed by the elders before they took their own lives.
According to the police, Naresh Maheshwari, a resident of CDM Apartment near Khajanchi Talab area in Hazaribagh Sadar, jumped to death from his third floor flat. When the police entered his flat, they found five more bodies. The deceased were identified as Naresh’s father Mahavir Maheshwari, 70, his mother Kiran Devi 65, his wife Preeti Maheshwari, 40 and his two children, Aman, 8, and Anvi, 6.
“Bodies of Mahavir and his grandson, Aman, were found in the same room. Aman’s throat had been slit, while Mahavir was found hanging. Anvi’s body was found on a sofa and she appeared to have been strangled. Preeti’s body was found hanging, while her mother-in-law, Kiran, too appeared to have died of hanging, but her body was found on the bed. It appears that Kiran’s body was brought down after she died,” said a police officer.
A purported suicide note recovered from the apartment indicated that the family was going through financial difficulties after their dry fruits business wound up.
They were also under pressure to repay a debt running into lakhs, police said.
DSP (Headquarters) Chand Kumar Vats said, “It has been found that the girl was administered ether. It is possible that she was first made unconscious and then strangled. Naresh was the last one to end his life, by jumping from the third floor.”
“A brown envelope was recovered from the spot. It talked about a closed shop, huge debt, tension and such things. It has also been written that since Aman could not be hanged, his throat had to be slit. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide pact. However, a detailed probe is on. We are sending bodies for post-mortem,” he said.