A Congress leader and her daughter allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos in Nadaun Kaswa in the district on Thursday.
A suicide note was recovered from the spot, based on which the police have arrested Shammi Thakur of Rasoohi village for abetment to suicide.
The victims have been identified as Suman Kaushal, 51, a Congress party leader of Dehra area in Kangra district, and her daughter Akshita, 19. They were residents of ward number 3 of Nadaun Kaswa.
The incident came to the fore when Usha Sharma, a sister-in-law of Suman, a widow, found her room locked from inside. When she opened the door forcibly, she found Suman and her daughter lying on the floor, with two bottles of celphos lying close.
Usha raised the alarm, following which neighbours reached the spot and sounded the police. The mother-daughter duo was rushed to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Police said in the suicide note recovered from the spot, Suman had held Shammi Thakur responsible for their death. She claimed that Shammi had been harassing her daughter and wanted to forcibly marry her. He also threatened them over the phone and passed filthy comments, she alleged, while demanding strong punishment for Shammi for compelling them to commit suicide.
DSP Lal Man Sharma said Shammi had been arrested and booked for abetment to suicide, adding that the bodies had been handed over to the family after post-mortem examination at Hamirpur zonal hospital.
Sharma said Shammi was produced before a local court that sent him to five-day police remand. He said the police were going through the mobile record of the accused.
Sources in the police said Suman was also upset due to huge loss due to a fallout in a partnership with someone in Dehra, Kangra.
Besides being a Congress leader, Suman was a member of the state Mahila Kalyan Board. She hailed from Dehra, Kangra district, and had been living with her parents since the death of her husband. She had also remained pradhan of the Shivnath panchayat in Dehra sub-division of Kangra district.
'Law and order situation out of control'
Sushil Sharma, former president of Hamirpur Upbhokta Sangathan, expressed concern over the growing lawlessness in the district and failure of the authorities to tackle the situation.
In a statement citing some examples, he said the death of the mother-daughter duo and earlier disappearance of the seven-year-old son of a leading businessman of the town reflected the poor law and order situation in the district. Similarly, unruly elements continued their nefarious activities on Hamirpur bypass, causing harassment to passersby. He demanded that chief minister Virbhadra Singh take note of the situation.