It would have been four-year-old Nitanshu’s first day in school but instead he is in hospital, fighting for his life.
He is not yet aware that his elder brother Himanshu (7) is dead and it was their father who allegedly killed him before committing suicide.
The incident took place in Aman Vihar in Outer Delhi. A 35-year-old man reportedly consumed poison after poisoning his two sons. He and his elder son died in the incident, which occurred in Kirari village of the area. Police said the incident was reported at around 5pm on Wednesday. Deceased Suresh Kumar Vats had debts of Rs 8 lakh.
Police said Vats came home around 4pm with a bottle of Slice, a mango drink.
“He then took out sulpha tablets and a pesticide. He crushed the two with his hands and mixed it in the mango drink. He then gave this and two samosas to his sons. His wife Babita was out shopping for a school uniform for Nitanshu, who had secured admission in Bal Satli School in the same area,” said a police officer.
Vats allegedly encouraged his sons to consume the soft drink, saying that he had mixed a medicine in the drink and it was good for them. Himanshu drank a little more than Nitanshu and soon became unconscious.
After his sons fainted, Vats drove his motorcycle to their family fields in Madanpur. There he consumed sulpha. His body was found by an attendant in the nearby car service station.
When Babita returned, she found her sons unconscious. She raised an alarm and rushed the boys to Jaipur Golden Hospital.
“My sister called my brother-in-law but the attendant picked up the phone and told her what had happened. She asked the attendant to rush him to Jaipur Golden as well,” said Mahesh Kumar, Babita’s brother.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Atul Katiyar said, “At the hospital, both Himanshu and Suresh were declared brought dead.”
Police recovered a suicide note, in which Suresh took the responsibility of poisoning his sons.
In the letter he stated that he had taken a loan of Rs 8 lakh from his sister’s husband to give to one his wife’s brothers. He was not able to repay that and was under a lot of stress.
“As far as we know, he had two-three shops in the area and had rented out a couple of houses. His father, a retired principal in a government school, was also paid a pension every month. All in all, the family earned more than Rs 20,000 every month,” Kumar added.