Telangana reporter ends life after killing children

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Hyderabad, June 21 (IANS) A part-time Telugu reporter committed suicide after killing his two minor daughters in Telangana’s Siddipet town on Thursday, police said.

S. Hanumantha Rao and his wife Harika poisoned their children Bindu, 5, and Diksha Shree, 3, before consuming the poison themselves.

Learning what had happened, the neighbours shifted them to hospital. While Rao and the two children died, Harika is battling for life.

According to police, the couple resorted to the extreme step due to financial problems. Rao, who works as a contributor for a vernacular daily, had borrowed Rs 10 lakh from relatives and friends to open mobile servicing and internet centres. He was unable to repay the loans due to losses and with the pressure mounting from lenders, the couple decided to kill the children and commit suicide.

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Rao left a four-page suicide note in which he mentioned that he had incurred huge losses and was unable to repay the loans.

Police have registered a case of murder and suicide. A police official said they had launched investigations and were trying to find if anybody pressurised the family.

–IANS

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