3 die in suicide pact

Five of a family consume poison

A debt-ridden family of five allegedly consumed poison in a suicide pact that left three dead at Jnanabharati on Monday. 

According to police, Varalakshmi, 30, and her two children - Senchana, 6 and Mohan Kumar, 3 - died, Gopalkrishna, 31, and his mother Parvatamma, 65, are battling for life. All the five are residents of Bannerghatta Road.

Varalakshmi is Gopalkrishna’s sister. She was married to Ravi Kumar from Tamil Nadu. But due to some differences with him, she was living with her mother’s family. 

Gopalkrishna was into financing and it is learnt he suffered losses to the tune of Rs 35 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, forcing the family to take the extreme step. The family travelled to Garden Villa on 6th Cross at Jnanabharati and consumed poison in a car. The poison was mixed in a soft drink.

After a few hours, Gopalkrishna called up one of his friends and informed him about the suicide pact. The friend alerted the cops and shifted all of them to Tanushree Hospital. The cops found a suicide note, but it is not clear.

Meanwhile, Nandan, a resident of 6th Cross, told Deccan Herald: “Around noon, I noticed a car parked near our house. By 4 pm, I saw an ambulance. Only then, I realised something was wrong.”

Parvatamma is said to be in a critical condition, but Gopalkrishna has chances of survival. The locality police have to take up a case of murder. The case will be clearer after Gopalkrishna regains consciousness, police said.

Student falls to death

In another incident, a student jumped from the 6th floor of his college hostel and died in JP Nagar Monday night.

Sovonesh Naskar, 21, a first year BBM student of Oxford College stayed with his friends Subhodev and Mukherjee at the hostel. 

Naskar, who was under depression, told his friends that he would go to drink water at 9.30 pm.

When he began to climb the staircase, the friends got suspicious as the drinking water facility was on the ground floor and they followed him, police said. Before they could stop him, Naskar had jumped from the terrace of  the 6th floor. His head hit the sign board of the college and he died on the spot, the police said. 

The roommates said Naskar hailing from Kolkata was in love with a girl from his hometown and he was depressed due to some problems with their affair. The police have not got much details from his cellphone except that he had made a call to a local number three hours before he took the extreme step. The investigation is on. 

Woman sets self ablaze

A 23-year-old mother of two children allegedly set herself ablaze at her Valmiki Nagar house in Chamarajpet area on Sunday night. Nandini was married to Vinod, a cobbler. The couple had quarreled over dinner and Nandini took the extreme step in a fit of rage. Vinod, who tried to rescue her, also suffered burns. With more than 85 per cent burns, Nandini was shifted to Victoria Hospital where she died early Monday morning.

However, Nandini’s father Krishnappa has accused Vinod, of murdering his daughter.

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