Police will investigate if the deaths were related to a property dispute that the family allegedly had with relatives.(Getty Images/Representative)
Police will investigate if the deaths were related to a property dispute that the family allegedly had with relatives.(Getty Images/Representative)

Five members of family found dead in their house in MP

The claim that a property dispute could have been behind the deaths is being investigated.
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Sagar | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 08:22 PM IST

Bodies of five members of a family including a 62-year-old man and a 4-year-old child were found in their house in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh district, 343 km north of capital Bhopal, on Sunday morning, said police.

The deceased were identified as Dharmdas Soni, 62, a resident of Khargapur town of Tikamgarh district, his wife Pooni Soni, 55, his son Manohar Soni 27, his daughter-in-law Sonam Soni, 25 and grandson Sanidhya, 4.

Tikamgarh superintendent of police Prashant Khare said, “A milkman informed neighbours in the morning that family members of Dharmdas, who was a retired government employee, were not opening the door of the house. The neighbours informed the police.”

“Police broke the door to get into the house and found Manohar hanging from a ceiling in a room. Later, the police team found Dharmdas and his wife Pooni Soni dead in another room along with Sonam and his son Sandhiya. No suicide note has been recovered from the house as yet,” said the SP.

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The bodies have been sent for postmortem examination.

Police are not sure whether it is a case of death by suicide or murder. “Some relatives claimed the family had a property dispute with some relatives. Police are investigating the matter,” said Khare.

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