Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a couple killed their minor daughter and later committed suicide by hanging themselves in Maharashtra’s Thane district PTI reported.
Police said that in a suicide note found on the mobile phone of one of the deceased, the couple alleged that their family members harassed them because of which they decided to take the extreme step.
A relative of the couple informed the police about the incident early Monday.
Police then stormed the couple’s house in Vaiklan village and found them and their child hanging from the roof, said RK Mohite, inspector of Sheel Digar police station.
PTI further reported that the deceased have been identified as Shivram Patil (44), his wife Deepika (42) and their four-year-old daughter Anushka. Patil worked in a rice mill in the locality.
Preliminary probe indicates that the couple may have taken the extreme step due to domestic quarrels, he said.
PTI quoted Mohite saying, “The couple first hanged the child and then killed themselves. A WhatsApp suicide note has also been found and is being verified. In the note, dated March 1, the couple said their family members were harassing them and hence, they decided to commit suicide.”
In a suicide note signed by Shivram Patil and Deepika, the couple demanded severe punishment for the 13 relatives whom they named in the text.
The official said that Sivaram Patil also mentioned in the note that his property should be handed over to Deepika’s brother, who in-turn should donate it to an orphanage.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) SS Bursey told PTI that a caller alerted the police about the deaths at around 1 pm on Monday. He said that the statements of people whose names have been recorded in the suicide note will be recorded and further action will be taken.
A case of murder would be registered against Shivram Patil and his wife for killing their child, he added.
(With PTI Inputs)