New Delhi: Investigating what looked like a suicide pact between a woman and her two daughters in Vasant Vihar, cops found a handwritten note with detailed instructions for those entering the room on what to do and what to avoid.
“Too much deadly gas, carbon monoxide inside. It’s flammable. Please ventilate the room by opening the window and turning on the fan. Do not light a match, a candle, or anything! Be careful while removing the curtain because the room is full of hazardous gases. Do not inhale, “the note said.”
After clearing the toxic fumes from the room, the cops started their inquiry and found three bodies: Manju (mother) and her daughters Ankita and Anshika on a bed. Prima facie, police suspect that they died due to suffocation and that the family might have been planning to end their lives for days. Later, multiple notes were recovered from the house in which the deceased had written about their health issues and financial problems. Emotionally, they were broken and thanked everyone.
“Police told us that in one of the notes it was written that the family had planned to commit suicide one year ago, but they were not able to do it,” a resident said. However, police claimed that they are probing the veracity of the notes.
RWA president (Vasant Vihar apartment) M David said a tenant used to live in another flat in the same house but had vacated it last year. “We came to know that the family had told the tenant that some family members would come to live there,” he said. In one of the notes, it was written that they had lied to the tenant about the arrival of relatives in that flat. It might be they had made a plan earlier as well to take the extreme step, “he said.
Another note was about how they had completely broken after the girls’ father Umesh’s death and did not want to be a burden to anyone. Anshul Srivastava, the deceased’s relative, said after Umesh’s death, the daughters never asked for monetary help, but the relatives used to send money to them. Meanwhile, in yet another note, one of the girls apologises to everyone for taking the extreme step and thanks those who have helped them during tough times.
Incidentally, in 2019, an elderly couple and their 20-year-old medical attendant were found brutally killed in their flat in the Vasant Apartment area. The place was a few metres away from the house where three bodies were recovered on Saturday.