A 42-year-old man and his three children allegedly ended their lives by jumping in front of a train in Gujarat’s Botad district on Sunday evening. The incident took place between Ningala and Alampur stations, about 150 kilometres from Ahmedabad.
Family was facing financial and marital problems
According to the police, the deceased were identified as Ramesh Patel, his daughters Riya (12) and Riya (10), and his son Raj (8). They belonged to Dhandhuka town in Ahmedabad district and had come to Botad to visit their relatives.
The police said that Patel was a daily wage labourer and was facing financial and marital problems. His wife had left him a few months ago and was living with her parents. Patel had also taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from a moneylender and was unable to repay it.
Patel left a suicide note behind
The police recovered a suicide note from Patel’s pocket, in which he stated that he was fed up with his life and had decided to end it along with his children. He also apologised to his relatives and asked them to forgive him for his act.
The suicide note also mentioned that Patel had tried to convince his wife to return to him, but she had refused. He said that he had no option but to take the extreme step.
Police and railway officials rushed to the spot
The police and railway officials rushed to the spot after receiving information about the incident. They found the mutilated bodies of Patel and his children lying on the tracks. They also seized the platform tickets that Patel had bought before boarding the train.
The bodies were sent to a government hospital for post-mortem. The police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating the matter further.
Relatives and locals expressed shock and grief
The relatives and locals of Patel and his children expressed shock and grief over the incident. They said that Patel was a hardworking and caring father who loved his children very much. They also said that he was depressed due to his personal and financial troubles.
Some of them also blamed his wife for abandoning him and his children and pushing them to take the drastic step. They demanded that the police should take action against her and the moneylender who had harassed Patel.