In what could be a suspected case of suicide, three members of a family hailing from Dehradun were found dead in a gas-filled car at Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 50 kilometres from Dehradun, on Tuesday morning.
The deceased — identified as Raminder Kaur (65), Jasbir Singh Randhawa (35) and Inderjit Kaur (25) — were residents of Vasant Vihar colony in Dehradun. Jasbir and Inderjit were Raminder’s son and daughter.
Sirmaur superintendent of police (SP) Soumya Sambasivan said bodies of the deceased had been sent for postmortem.
“The deceased have been identified. They were from Dehradun and arrived in Paonta Sahib early Tuesday morning,” she said.
The actual cause of death will be ascertained only after postmortem reports come, she added.
The police have not found any suicide note from the vehicle. They were not carrying any luggage either, the police added.
However, forensic experts and doctors are of the view that the trio seemingly “died during their sleep by inhaling some gas.”
According to the parking staff, the vehicle entered the area around 4:00am and when asked to pay the car parking fee, Randhawa replied that he will pay it later.
The parking staff checked the vehicle in the morning and found the three “asleep” in the car. When an attendant knocked on the door, there was no response. The parking staff then called the police.
The police opened the car and found the three dead. It was also found that all sources of ventilation in the car were closed.
The police also found a gas cylinder. “The cylinder has been sent to the forensic lab for investigation,” one police officer said.
Dehradun SSP Sweety Agarwal said the scene of crime happened in Himachal Pradesh but they were “keeping an eye”.
Sources said the family, which originally hails from Punjab, was living in Dehradun since the last couple of years and was apparently under financial stress. They had sold a cottage at Lal Tappad near Dehradun and had shifted to Vasant Vihar, an upscale locality in Uttarakhand’s capital.