Hours after Rohtak assistant professor’s body found in car, wife allegedly commits suicide with daughter
Incident comes to light on Thursday morning after the elder daughter, who is 11 years old and the lone survivor, informs local residentsUpdated: Sep 24, 2020, 17:21 IST
An 11-year-old girl survived while her sister died after their mother allegedly pushed them into a water tank before jumping into it in Rohtak hours after the body of the father of the siblings was found in a car after apparently dying by suicide, the Haryana police said. The three left their home immediately after learning about the recovery of the body, they added.
The 11-year-old informed residents of the area near the tank, who took out the bodies of the 33-year-old woman and her other daughter from the tank. The body of her father, a 35-year-old assistant professor at a Rohtak college, was found along the Jhajjar-Rohtak road a day after he had left for Gurugram. The police said they have recovered empty pouches of agricultural pesticide celphos from the car, which suggests the professor may have consumed them and died by suicide. A note recovered from his car did not mention any reasons for it nor blamed anyone.
Rohtak Urban Estate police station in-charge Shamsher Singh said the bodies of the woman, who was a teacher, and her daughter have been recovered from the water tank. He cited the preliminary investigation and said it seems the woman died by suicide along with one of her daughters as she could not bear the news of her husband’s death.
Singh said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem and they would be able to comment further only after they get autopsy reports. The investigation is going on, he added.
Rohtak deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sajjan Singh said as per preliminary investigation the assistant professor was depressed because of a family dispute and the death of his brother a few months ago. He did not mention the reasons for the dispute in his suicide note. The assistant professor resided in government quarters on campus with his wife and daughters.
The DSP said, “The 11-year-old girl, who survived the incident, was very brave. Not only did she manage to get out of water but she made her way through mud and climbed over a wall to seek help for her mother and sister.”
He added that the girl’s grandparents were looking after her.
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