KOCHI: Central police on Sunday said that the elderly woman and two middle-aged sons, who were found dead in a city lodge, committed suicide as their family was reeling through financial crisis and due to the prolonged illnesses of the trio.
Radhamani (69) and her two sons R Santhosh Kumar (40) and R Suresh Kumar (43) were found dead in a lodge room near Ernakulam Junction railway station on Saturday morning. They were residents of Shastri Nagar in Bengaluru North.
“Both Santhosh and Suresh had fatty liver and they used to come to Kochi to consult a gastroenterologist. About 18 years ago, they had gone to Bengaluru from Munnar. Both of them are unmarried and were overweight. The mother was diabetic and had blood-pressure problems as well. Her husband had died in 1994. It could be the depression due to the disease or financial crisis that made them take the extreme step. As of now, our probe suggests suicide and the bodies have been handed over to relatives who came to Kochi on Sunday,” said K P Thomson, station house officer, Ernakulam Central.
The incident came to light when the lodge officials informed cops as the occupants were not opening the door. The door was locked from inside and two empty pesticide bottles were recovered from the room. Two of bodies were seen lying on the bed parallel to each other and the other was on the floor.