Six members of a well known business family were found dead at their residence in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh on Sunday morning, with police suspecting it to be a case of mass suicide due to financial issues.
Those found dead were identified as Mahavir Maheshwari (70), his wife Kiran Maheswari (60), son Naresh Maheswari (40), daughter-in-law Priti Maheshwari (35), grandson Aman (10) and granddaughter Annvi (7).
The city’s well known family, engaged in wholesale business of dry fruits, were residing at flat number 303 on the third floor of the four-storied CDM Shubham Apartment near Khajanchi Talab in the city.
The incident comes two weeks after the mass suicide of 11 members of a family in Delhi’s Burari.
Police recovered six brown envelopes containing suicide notes. It was written on the envelopes that illness, shop closed, borrowings, disgrace and tension caused the deaths.
“The investigation so far indicates that the family members committed suicide. As of now, we cannot rule out the possibility of murder as well,” Hazaribag SP Mayur Patel said, adding that the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.
The Maheshwaris’ next door neighbour, advocate Kailash Agarwal, said, “My wife, who woke up at 5 am, saw the Maheshwaris’ main door open and one of the body hanging from the ceiling. She then raised alarm.”
“We found Naresh’s body lying on floor near the main gate of the apartment ...