TIRUCHY: Three persons, including a PWD employee and an auto driver, died after consuming liquor reportedly mixed with poison by one of the victims at a TASMAC outlet in Musiri in Tiruchy district here on Monday night.
According to police, M Ganapathi (36) a PWD employee of Ganapathi Nagar in Musiri had attempted to hang himself to death after a tiff with his wife earlier in the day. However, timely intervention by his friends — R Selvam (35), an auto driver of Kavery Nagar and C Ganesa Murugan (37) — foiled his attempt.
After consoling Ganapathi, Selvam and Ganesa Murugan took him to a TASMAC outlet at old bus stand in Musiri. There the trio reportedly consumed drinks together. Later, Murugan left the group to have food at an eatery while Selvam gave Ganapathi a lift to his place.
However, Ganapathi fell unconscious in the auto. Selvam immediately rushed him to Musiri GH, where he was declared ‘dead on arrival’. A crestfallen Selvam was on the way to Ganapathi’s house to break the news when he too suffered a similar attack and died. Ganesan Murugan, who had left for an eatery, reportedly collapsed at the stall.
On information Musiri RDO Jainulabdeen informed alerted the Musiri police. The bodies were recovered and sent to Tiruchy GH for autopsy.
Later, S Rajeswari, SP, rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry. Speaking to reporters, Rajeswari said that they were suspecting that poison mixed liquor could be the cause for the death of the three. She suspected that Ganapathi might have mixed poison without the knowledge of his friends and shared with the other two.