What was reported as a suicide pact of a mother and daughter in Kerala due to harassment from a PSU bank, has turned out to be a different affair altogether
In a bizarre twist, the grandmother, father and two other relatives have been taken into custody by police in connection with the suicide of 19-year-old Vyshnavi and her mother, 40-year-old Latha C in rural Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
According to police, a suicide note was scribbled with charcoal on the walls of the room where Latha and Vyshnavi committed suicide.
Additionally two notes paper notes detailing the reasons of the suicide were also pasted on the wall.
“Based on the evidence, we have arrested four people. We will look into all angles,” B Vinod, deputy superintendent of police, told The Lede.
Earlier there were reports that both Latha and Vyshnavi had set themselves ablaze in their bedroom as they were unable to bear the news that their home would be seized by bank officials for non-payment of a housing loan on Tuesday at around 2:20 pm.
Hearing the cries, neighbours rushed to their home and broke open the doors. While Vyshnavi died on the spot, her mother passed away at the hospital.
It was in the same room where four suicide notes were pasted and a few lines scribbled on the walls with charcoal.
According to Navneeth Kumar NS, a neighbour and CPM local committee secretary, who had read the suicide notes along with police officials, the notes had named four people.
“The notes claim that the family members were torturing Latha and her daughter through sorcery. Even the bank recovery notice was kept for poojas behind the house,” Navneeth told The Lede.
Suicide notes seen by The Lede also confirm that four people have been named by the victims.
Till 10:30 am on Wednesday morning, people in the village were under the presumption that the bank’s recovery notice had pushed Latha and Vyshnavi to commit suicide.
On Tuesday, Chandran, husband of Lekha, had told media and neighbours that Canara Bank officials have been after him for non-payment of the balance of housing loan.
“I was running around to pay the remaining dues and we had asked for some more time. We had decided to sell the house and repay the outstanding,” Chandran had told media then.
Meanwhile, Canara Bank in an official statement said Chandran had availed of a Rs 5 lakh loan in 2005 and in 2010 it was declared a non-performing asset and legal proceedings were initiated.
“On May 10, the recovery officials had reached the home and said latest by today the balance of Rs 6.8 lakh should be paid in full and the loan be settled. This was being done legally and the bank officials were not involved in what happened today,” said the bank.