Seven members of a family, including two children, were found dead at their rented house in Kanke area of Ranchi on Monday morning.
Police said the incident came to light when they got a call about a body found hanging inside a rented accommodation in Arsande area of Boreya locality in Kanke police station area. Police then reached the house belonging to one Alakh Narayan Mishra, a retired Army personnel. The deceased were tenants in Mishra’s house.
Police said the family had incurred heavy debts that might have forced them to take the extreme step.
Those found dead have been identified as Deepak Jha (40), his wife Soni (37), Deepak’s younger brother Rupesh Jha (in his mid-30s), Deepak’s father Sachhidanand Jha, a retired railway employee in his 60s, Deepak’s mother, and, Deepak’s daughter, Drishti (6) and one-year-old son Jagu.
Two suicide notes — one running in about 15 to 16 pages, and the other in around two-to-three pages — were recovered from the spot, as per police.
Police said bodies of Deepak, a salesman in a private company, and his brother, Rupesh, were found hanging in different rooms, while the bodies of other five members were found lying on a bed in another room.
Prima facie, Deepak and Rupesh hanged themselves after killing the other family members, police said. The children were strangled, while the bodies of other members had injuries on their necks caused by sharp-edged weapons, police added.
Ranchi SSP Anish Gupta said, “As per the suicide notes, the family had incurred debts to the tune of several lakhs (of rupees). In the detailed note, which seems to have been written by Deepak, it has been claimed that his son was born on June 9, 2017, with some deformity in his head. To get him treated, the family had admitted the child to Rani Children Hospital in Ranchi, where they incurred expenses of over Rs 20 lakh.”
The note also mentioned that to meet the expenses, the family had taken loan by mortgaging the pension amount of Deepak’s father. “The note further says that Rupesh had lost his job. In the meantime, Deepak had got in touch with one Kislay Mishra, both of whom worked in the same company. Together, they began carrying out some kind of fraud in the company. However, the matter got reported and an FIR was also registered. Mishra was arrested recently and, during his interrogation, he had given Deepak’s name, the note mentions,” said Gupta. “We are investigating the case further to ascertain and verify these things. Probe is on from all angles.”
The incident comes a fortnight after six members of a family had ended their lives in a suicide pact in Hazaribagh. On July 15, the family of Naresh Maheshwari was found dead in their apartment in Sadar area of Hazaribagh.