Tribune News Service

Nawanshahr, January 5

A heart-wrenching incident was reported at Malpur Arkan village in Nawanshahr on Tuesday, where three members of a family allegedly committed suicide.

The deceased have been identified as Jeet Ram (80), his wife Channo Devi (75) and daughter Yamuna Devi (45).

As per the information, Yamuna was about to get married on January 10. The extreme step taken by the family has shocked everyone in the village.

No one opened the gate of the house on Monday, when one of their neighbours visited them after 4 pm to ask if they needed any help ahead of the marriage. When he again went to check on them after sometime, nobody responded. It was in the morning, when the neighbours became suspicious and broke open the door and found their bodies. They then called the police and it was found that they had consumed sulphas.

The police said Yamuna did not marry earlier because she was always worried about what will happen to her parents after her marriage because she had also lost her brother in an accident a few years ago and they were financially very weak. Other six sisters of Yamuna are married off.

“After investigation, it has come to the fore that the family members were in depression. There was no source of income and the villagers were pitching in for Yamuna’s marriage and were helping the family members financially, so that Yamuna could be married without any problem, but she was worried for her elderly parents,” the police said. As per the villagers, the family was very simple and god-fearing.

SHO, Nawanshahr Sadar, Sarabjit Singh said the bodies were cremated after the post-mortem examination.