New Delhi, May 24th
The investigation so far into Vasant Vihar’s triple suicide case suggests the three women watched YouTube videos to find out how to kill themselves, officials said.
According to the police, Manju Srivastava (55) and daughters Ankita (30) and Anshuta (26) were depressed afterwards Umesh Srivastava, The head of the family died of Covid-19 last year. Financial difficulties had apparently made life difficult for them.
Manju and her daughters were found dead in their home on Saturday night. There was a partially open gas bottle in the house and all windows were sealed with foil. Three small braziers had been placed in the room where their bodies were found, police said.
A police officer said that since they “planned their suicides a few months ago,” it’s likely they watched YouTube videos to figure out how to kill themselves.
An alleged suicide note, written by one of the deceased and pinned to a wall, read: “Carbon monoxide is in it. Don’t try to save us, because we don’t want to live. Saving can cause us brain damage. It’s worse than living and dying. We beg you, don’t try to save us. Save yourself instead.”
Police said the two cell phones confiscated from the home would be sent to the forensic laboratory for examination.
“We will also send the eight to nine suicide notes that we seized at the scene to the forensic lab to match the handwriting to determine which of the three wrote them,” a police officer said.
The exact cause of death has yet to be determined pending the autopsy report, police said.