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Couple kill kids, themselves

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 9. In what appears to be a case of suicide pact, a 45-year-old businessman and his wife allegedly hanged themselves after killing their seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter at Dwarka in South-West Delhi today. The police have recovered a three-page suicide note in which the businessman stated that he was taking the extreme step as he was unable to pay off his debts.

The tragedy came to light around 11-30 a.m. when the maid reached the Dwarka Sector X residence of Raj Kanwal Khurana and found the door latched from inside with a door-chain. When she peeped in, she saw the couple hanging from the ceiling with their faces covered with towels. The maid informed the neighbours who called in the police.

When the police broke open the door and entered the house, they found the bodies of the couple's two children, Abhishek and Asmita, lying in the bedroom. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West Delhi), Deependra Pathak, said the children were either smothered or poisoned.

The maid told the police that she had come to work at Raj Kanwal's house around 10 a.m. today but he asked her to come around 11-30 a.m.

The police recovered a three-page suicide note in which Raj Kanwal said that he and his wife were committing suicide because he was unable to repay the loans he had taken from different banks. Further, he stated that he did not want his children to be humiliated by his move so he killed them.

The police said Raj Kanwal, who lived in a rented accommodation, earlier ran an electrical goods shop at Janakpuri in West Delhi but had to close it a couple of months ago due to non-payment of rent. Initial investigations have suggested that Raj Kanwal had taken loans to the tune of over Rs. 20 lakhs. The local police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter.

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