Debt Drives 35-year-old Taxi Driver's Family to Suicide Pact

Published: 19th July 2015 03:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2015 03:40 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:A 35-year-old cabby, along with his wife and six-year-old son, were found dead hanging on Saturday in their home in Bharathiyar Nagar in Pattabiram Chathiram near Chennai.

The incident came to light when neighbours broke open the door of their home, as they had not seen Devaraj late Saturday morning.

Neighbours alerted Pattabiram police and Devaraj’s father Jayaraman who resides in Avadi. According to police, Devaraj who worked as a taxi driver committed suicide along with his wife Sangeetha (30) after hanging their son, Jagadeep (6), in despair of having accumulated a huge debt.

In his suicide note he left behind, Devaraj wrote: “My wife and myself have decided to commit suicide and no one else is responsible for our deaths,” said an official privy to the investigation.

Later, the bodies were sent to Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for post mortem examination.

Gang Held

A gang that was allegedly on its way to murder a rival gangster was nabbed by Chennai Police officials, who during a routine vehicle check arrested them.

Police said the gang of six led by notorious rowdy Jagan (30), alias ‘Irattai Mattai’ was heading to murder another rowdy at Keluthipettai near Sriperumbudur when they were arrested at Kundrathur. Police recovered weapons including swords from them, and the Toyota Innova car they were travelling was also seized.

The vehicle was stopped during a vehicle check by Kundrathur inspector Baskaran. When police questioned them on initial suspicion, the occupants gave six different replies as to where they were heading which accentuated the suspicions.

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