Three members of a debt-ridden Ludhiana-based family committed suicided by hanging themselves at Gholumajra village near Dera Bassi on Saturday. The family had arrived at the village last week and rented a room.
When the family did not answer the door on Saturday morning, neighbour Avesh Shukla got alarmed and found 42-year-old Mukesh Kapoor hanging from the hook of a ceiling fan.
He sounded the police, who found the bodies of his wife Sweety and their 16-year-old son Haresh on the floor. The police recovered a 12-page suicide note written in Hindi by Sweety and Mukesh, according to which, the three had entered a suicide pact to avoid the debt and had used the same nylon rope to hang themselves one by one.
Lehli police post in-charge Santokh Singh said that according to the note, Sweety hanged herself first after which her body was lowered and Haresh used the same rope to hang himself followed by Mukesh.
The bodies of Sweety and Haresh bore injury marks on the neck, showing they had died of hanging.
According to the note, Sweety, a resident of Ludhiana, had married Mukesh from Amritsar in 1994. Mukesh, an accountant and a software computer programmer, shifted to Ludhiana from Amritsar in 2004 on the insistence of Ravinder, Sweety's brother, as the two intended to start a hosiery business.
Mukesh bought a plot at Chander Nagar in Ludhiana and constructed a house by taking loan from the LIC. Meanwhile, the business suffered a setback and he took Rs 30 lakh as loan to pay his earlier loan instalments.
The note alleged that Ravinder had failed to return Rs 3 lakh he had borrowed from Mukesh and even Sweety had been denied her share in the ancestral property. Even after selling off their house, the family was under a debt of Rs 12 lakh.
The family left Ludhiana in March 2010 and struggled to stay afloat. They even took refuge in temples at various places before arriving at Gholumajra. Meanwhile, a visit to the room showed the family lacked basic necessities.
All they had in the name of belongings were a few utensils, a folding bed, a few clothes and slippers. Lalru SHO Gurdial Singh said a police team had been sent to Ludhiana to question the persons mentioned in the note. Police have sent the bodies for post-mortem to the Dera Bassi civil hospital.