A grocery shop owner committed suicide after killing his wife and younger son in Sector 9, Panchkula. He also tried to kill his elder son, but he survived.
It was around 3 pm on Thursday. Both Rohit (9), a student of Class 4, and 12-year-old Pratham, a student of Class 8, had returned from St Xavier's High School, Sector 20, Panchkula. Their parents Vinod Mittal (38) and his wife Neelam Mittal (35) were already at home.
Using a freshly brought butcher's knife, Vinod first stabbed his wife to death. Then he attacked Rohit in his neck with the knife. He also succumbed to his injuries.
He then attacked Pratham in the neck. He fell unconscious and Vinod thought he had also died. After that he consumed aluminium phosphide.
Pratham gained conscious around 9am on Friday and saw his uncle Amit Mittal outside their house. After that the police arrived and he was taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Other relatives also reached their home, including Vinod's parents.
Pratham was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.
The police recovered a three-page suicide note from the spot. The knife was recovered from a washbasin.
Vinod had recently opened a grocery shop in Manimajra. Before that he used to run a vegetable shop. He had been living separately from his parents.
As per the police, the suicide note claimed financial burden behind taking such an extreme step. He also accused his younger brother Amit for it. "Vinod claimed that he and his wife had agreed for this step. We are investigating in the case," said Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul Sharma.
Amit, who has a chemist shop in Bapu Dham, lives separately in Sector 9. Their father Rula Ram lives in Sector 15. The family hails from Rohtak district of Haryana but has been living in Panchkula for some time.