A 35-year-old vendor allegedly killed his two minor sons before hanging himself in Sarna village, about 10 km from here, on Wednesday evening. The police said Sohan Lal, 35, who ran a fast-food stall, had been living away from his wife Naresh Kumari and sons Mahil, 8, and Nahil, 5, for the past six months due to domestic strife, and had brought the two sons from his wife's house in neighbouring Jaswali village only a few hours before the three were found dead.
According to Kumari, she was taking a bath and could not find her sons when she came out. A neighbour told her that her husband had taken the two boys on his bike, and when she rushed to the rented house of her husband in Sarna, she found their sons dead inside and Sohan's body hanging by a rope in the backyard.
"Though prima facie it seems the two boys were strangulated, they do not seem to have struggled, which gives credence to the theory that they may have been drugged before Sohan strangulated them to make sure they were dead," said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Prabhjit Singh Virk, adding that the bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.
Virk said Kumari had alleged that her husband had illicit relations that had led to him deserting the family. However, Sohan's father Gurdyal Singh, who lives Nangal Bhur village nearby, rubbished the illicit relation theory, though he acknowledged that there was domestic strife.
The police have initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC so far.