Tribune News Service
Bathinda, October 8
A man allegedly killed his three children by hanging them before committing suicide at Hamirgarh village in Bathinda district on Wednesday evening.
The deceased were identified as 35-year-old Beant Singh and his three children—Prabhjot Singh (6), Arsh Kaur (3) and Khushi (1). Singh, who was poverty-stricken, was depressed after his wife, a cancer patient, died a one-and-a-half month ago.
Singh left a lengthy suicide note mentioning his grief over his wife’s untimely demise.
Sources said that the deceased’s ancestors owned small agricultural landholdings but, for the past two generations, had not farmed the land.
The deceased used to earn a livelihood by driving a bike-rehra.
The incident came to light on Thursday morning, after residents of the village informed the police.
Jasbir Singh, DSP, Phul along with police personnel, reached the spot and started the investigation.
After initial investigations, the police sent the dead bodies for a post-mortem to the government hospital in Rampura Phul. On the complaint of the sister of the deceased, the police have registered a case against Beant Singh under the relevant sections of the IPC.