Unable to repay debts, journalist poisons self, kids to death; wife battles for life
A debt-laden journalist working for a popular vernacular daily in Telangana’s Siddipet district poisoned his two kids to death before committing suicide by hanging himself on Thursday. His wife, who also consumed poison, is battling for life at a private hospital.
According to police, K Hanumantha Rao (29), who works as a part-time news contributor for Andhra Bhoomi Telugu daily, a part of the Deccan Chronicle group, at Kondapaka block in the district, executed the suicide pact owing to financial troubles.
Rao gave pesticide to his wife Meena (28) and two daughters Minny (5) and Bunny (3) before hanging himself at his house in Bharat Nagar in Siddipet town.
Neighbours got suspicious when the couple failed to respond to their knocks on the door in the morning, and found him hanging from the ceiling while his kids and wife were lying on the bed.
They quickly moved him to a local hospital, where Rao and the children were declared dead. Meena was admitted in an unconscious state and her condition is said to be critical.
Rao left a four-page suicide note in which he mentioned that he had incurred losses in newly started mobile servicing and internet centres and had come under pressure from his brother and partners for repayment of the amounts had had borrowed.
Siddipet ACP Rameshwar said he had debts up to Rs 10 lakh and was paying at high rates of interest.
The police registered a case of murder (of two children), attempt to murder (of wife) and suicide (self).
“We are recording the statements from relatives and witnesses. If we find anybody abetting the family to resort to the extreme, we will book them,” the ACP said.
Water resources minister T Harish Rao, who represents Siddipet in the assembly, expressed shock over the tragedy. “There are many ways to get rid of problems. Suicide is not the solution,” he said.
He announced a financial assistance of Rs 25,000 as an immediate relief and promised the bereaved family all the support from the government.