A 40-year-old farmer died while his wife and two children are in a critical condition after they allegedly consumed poison at Molkowal village in Machhiwara on Friday.
Sources said the farmer, identified as Gurdeep Singh, was reeling under huge debt. Last year, he had mortgaged five kanal of his eight-kanal land to a commission agent. On May 17, the agent came to his house to claim possession of the land. Gurdeep was disturbed since then, said sources.
On Friday, Gurdeep’s brother Kuldeep Singh saw him lying unconscious outside his house. On entering the house, he found Gurdeep’s wife Harjit Kaur, daughter Simranjit Kaur, 17, and son Navkaran Singh, 10, unconscious too. Froth was oozing out of mouths of all the victims.
The victims were rushed to hospital, from where Gurdeep was referred to a Ludhiana hospital, where he breathed his last. His family is admitted in a local hospital. Machhiwara station house officer Amandeep Singh said the victims are not in a condition to record their statements. Cops suspect the farmer consumed poison before serving a drink laced with it to his wife and children.
Mohan Singh, another farmer residing in the same area, had tried to end his life two days back.