Hyderabad: In a heart-wrenching incident, a debt-ridden goldsmith killed his family including a three-month- old infant. The victims were identified as Swaroop G. Das, 37, his wife and their two children. The family hailed from Howrah in West Bengal.
B. Ramesh, inspector of Mahakali police station, said, “What we surmise is that the man must have poisoned his wife and children first and then committed suicide. The family has been staying in Hyderabad since the past seven years. Things will become clearer once the forensic report arrives.”
He added, “One of the goldsmith’s customers had been calling him repeatedly and the victim was not responding to the calls. The customer went to the victim’s house and found the door locked from inside. He knocked at the door, but nobody responded. The customer came here and lodged a complaint. We then went and broke into the house and found the family members lying dead.”
Tapan Das, a distraught brother of the victim said, “Three months back, he had asked me money for his wife’s delivery. Even though my financial condition was not good, I somehow managed to pool in `3 lakh and gave it to him. He had promised to pay me back after Holi this year. I called him this week to ask for the money he had promised to return. He told me that he had not arranged the money yet. That was my last call to him.”
The Mahakali police have booked a case under Section 174 which relates to death under suspicious circumstances....