A 17-year-old domestic help at former bureaucrat RK Bansal’s house has said the family was happy before a CBI raid ravaged their lives and forced them to repeatedly contemplate suicide.
Bansal and his son Yogesh were found dead in their east Delhi house on Tuesday with purported signed suicide notes alleging “mental and physical torture” by five officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Their domestic help – 17-year-old Rachna Srivas – said Bansal and his son were distraught after his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha killed themselves on July 16.
“My employers (Bansal and Yogesh) often told me they lost everything after Satyabala madam and Neha didi and suicide was the only option left. But I never imagined that they would actually do what they said,” said Rachna.
Rachna said she saw Yogesh enter the house with a long rope 15 hours before the bodies were found. “I was about to leave the flat around 6.30 pm on Monday when I saw Yogesh bhaiya bringing a rope. He said he bought it to use it at home,” said Rachna. She said Yogesh was more upset than his father.
Neighbours said Yogesh stopped interacting with anyone after his mother and sister’s death. They said Yogesh suffered huge losses in his real-estate business recently. “Yogesh was more depressed and used to stay in his room. Bansal would run after lawyers and do the other things after his bail,” said Harish, a neighbour.
After losing his wife and daughter, Bansal was trying to convince his son to get married, but Yogesh was reportedly not ready. “Yogesh was upset because of the losses from all sides... be it in business or family. He never showed any will to get married,” said Rakesh Kumar, another neighbour.
Rachna said the family was very happy before Bansal’s arrest. “I was told that the CBI seized cash, jewellery from home and left only Rs 21,000. Their bank accounts were also frozen, but they managed to pay salary to all employees including two maids, gardener and a security guard,” she said.
Sources said a day before committing suicide, Bansal paid salaries to all his employees. Everyone was told they were going on a vacation and may return after a month. Rachna was working at the Bansals’ home for the past seven months.