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Four members of a family commit suicide in Gujarat, financial crisis suspected

Jun 09, 2023 01:34 PM IST

Preliminary probe has revealed that the victim worked a diamond polisher and financial crisis may have led the family to take this extreme step, police said

Four members of a family were found dead in a suspected case of mass suicide in Gujarat’s Surat, the police said on Thursday.

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According to a police official from Sarthana police station in Surat, the 50-year-old man who was a diamond polishing worker, his 45-year-old wife, one son (20) and one daughter (17) took the extreme step outside the house reportedly due to financial problems, while the other two children were at home.

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Soon after the incident, they were rushed to the hospital, but died while undergoing treatment on Thursday, the official added.

Confirming the development, vice-president of the Diamond Workers’ Union Gujarat (DWUG) Bhavesh Tank said the victim worked at a small diamond processing unit with about 20-25 employees that was run by one of his distant relatives.

“Earlier, he used to earn about 25,000-30,000 per month, but for the last 8-9 months, he was barely able to earn around 15,000 per month. The industry has been undergoing a recession for over a year now following the Russia-Ukraine war,” Tank said.

Assistant commissioner of police PK Patel said, “Preliminary probe has revealed that the victim worked a diamond polisher and financial crisis may have led the family to take this extreme step.”

However, a probe is on into the matter to know the exact reasons behind the incident.

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