Financial stress due to unpaid loans amounting to Rs. 40 lakh triggered the suicide by four members of a family in West Delhi’s Mohan Garden, preliminary investigation has revealed.
The police have recovered two suicide notes, one of them written on the wall in different colours, stating that the victims took the extreme step because of the harassment allegedly at the hands of a neighbouring family. However, investigators said the businessman was depressed due to the financial crisis.
The deceased businessman, identified as Rajendra Prakash Saxena, was the sole breadwinner for his family as well as his wife’s family members. Saxena started his snacks manufacturing factory in Bawana after taking loans from different banks and private moneylenders, police said.
“While his business was running losses, the private moneylenders had been pressuring him to return their money. In the past few months, Saxena had given post-dated cheques to some of the moneylenders. But after they bounced, the lenders threaten Saxena with a criminal case against him,” said a senior investigating officer.
On Saturday around 5.45 am, the charred bodies of Saxena, his second wife Amita Singh, 30, and sons Sanyam Prakash, 10 and Tipu, 8 were found from inside a room on the second-floor flat of a four-storey building in west Delhi’s Mohan Garden where they had been living for the past four years.
Saxena’s relatives said he had purchased the second-floor flat and a room on the third floor from his neighbour Buta Ram. He had paid R15 lakh for the property. But for the past few months, Buta Ram, his wife Usha Rani and son Sukhdev, were allegedly demanding more money for the property and were allegedly harassing Saxena and his family.
“It was because of this constant harassment and threats that Saxena had stopped sending his sons to school. A court case was going on between Saxena and Buta Ram because of which the Saxena couple were suffering from depression,” said a relative, who preferred not to be named.
Saxena’s neighbours said he divorced his first wife 12 years ago. He had two daughters with his first wife, who stay with their mother in southwest Delhi.