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Three of family die in suicide pact

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, APRIL 3. Four members of a family reportedly entered a suicide pact by consuming a soft drink laced with poison in the Saroornagar area on Friday night. While three of them died, another person was shifted to a hospital, the police said.

The deceased have been identified as -- A. Laxmi Narayana (45), his wife Yadamma (40), and their 21-year-old daughter, Rajeshwari. Mr. Narayana's son, Venkatesh (23), who survived, is undergoing treatment at a hospital. The family was residing at Vijay Sri Apartments in Chaitanyapuri.

Around 10.30 p.m. on Friday night, Narayana and his family members closed their jewellery shop, Nandini Jewellers near Konark theatre at Dilsukhnagar. On their way back home, Narayana, is said to have purchased the soft drink. After reaching home, he asked his second son, Srinivas, who is reportedly mentally unsound, to sleep in the bedroom. All the four then went into another bedroom and reportedly consumed the soft drink laced with poison.

Early on Saturday morning, when the maidservant knocked at the door, Srinivas opened it and went back to sleep. The maidservant entered the second bedroom and found all the four in slumber. She noticed froth coming out from their mouth and immediately informed the neighbours who in turn alerted the police.

The police reached the spot and shifted the four to the hospital where Narayana, Yadamma and Rajeshwari were declared dead. However, Venkatesh survived and his condition is said to be out of danger.

According to the Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahendar Reddy, Narayana, a native of Gummadavelli village of Devarkonda mandal, used to run a garment shop in Mal village.

He later sold the shop for Rs. 18 lakhs and shifted to the city where he invested the money a computer firm at Kachiguda. He lost his money as the firm ran into losses.

Narayana then took a loan of Rs. 5 lakhs and started a jewellery shop, which was doing average business.

About two months ago, he started looking for an alliance for his daughter. A week ago, a couple had been to their house with a proposal and told them that they would return along with other family members to see the girl on Saturday. Though the exact reason behind the suicide is yet to be ascertained, the police believe that financial problems might have led to it.

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