A teacher working in an Ambala school and her son were found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mirchi Hotel near Shahbad on Thursday morning.
The station house officer (SHO) of Shahbad police station, Yogesh Kumar, told Hindustan Times, that the body of Shail Garg, 52, was found in an abandoned car on NH1 near an engineering college near Shahbad while the body of her son, Amit Garg, 30, was found 100 metre away from the hotel, on Thursday morning. The police suspect it a case of suicide.
Relatives of the deceased reportedly told police that both did not have cordial relations due to a family problem. Shail's brother, SK Gupta, suspected that an altercation between the mother and son took place on Wednesday.
Shail was a teacher at Kendriya Vidayalaya, Ambala, while her son was a lecturer in a technical institute at Lalru in Mohali district. They were staying in Ambala Cant.
SHO Kumar said, "The initial investigations hint that the duo had consumed Celphes, but we will reach the conclusion once we get the post-mortem examination report."
He said no note was found from the deceased and ruled out the possibility of foul play.
A bottle of poison and liquor were reportedly found near Amit's body.
Sources said Shail had taken some poisonous substance, following which Amit took her to a civil hospital in Ambala Cantt on Wednesday evening, where doctors pronounced her dead.
While the hospital authorities were preparing Shail's death papers, Amit managed to take away the body pleading that he would get her examined elsewhere.
Later, he drove to National Highway 1 and stopped at the Modern Institute of Technology. The institute watchman, Naib Singh, reportedly told the police that Amit mistook the college as a hotel and enquired for a room.
Amit was guided by the watchman about the nearby Mirchi Hotel. While driving towards the hotel, his car skidded and fell in a ditch near the hotel.
The watchman said, "At that time, I did not suspect that there was a body in the car. The driver looked drunk and abandoned the car after it had slipped into a ditch."
He left the car there and checked in the hotel at 2am.
A police party headed by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Balbir Singh from Shahabad reached the spot and started the investigations.
The DSP said the hotel staff informed them that a dead body was lying in the room, adding that two celphos bottles and a liquor bottle had been found.
The DSP said the hotel staff had told them that Amit had checked in wee hours of Thursday.
Seema Mahindru, principal of KV, said Shail had taken leave on Wednesday.