TIRUNELVELI: A realtor, who was depressed as he could not get back the amount that he gave as loan to a few persons, committed suicide along with his daughter and wife by setting fire to themselves inside a van in Palayamkottai on Saturday.
Police said Paripooranam alias Kannan (39), a realtor of Ravisankar Nagar near KTC Nagar in Palayamkottai, was the son of Sudalaimuthu, who was also into the same profession. Paripooranam and his brothers had been in the real estate business for a long time.
Paripooranam had given loans to the tune of Rs 1.75 crore to a few persons in Thoothukudi district. However, the borrowers dodged whenever he asked for the amount. Paripooranam, who feared that they might not return the loan amount, was in a depressed state. His wife Mallika (33) too was worried.
The upset couple on Saturday picked up their daughter Sumathi (12) who was studying class VI, from the school in a Maruthi Omni van and went to Santhini Nagar located near KTC nagar. After reaching a residential plot site, they reportedly set themselves on fire inside the vehicle. As there was no house or building in the vicinity, no one noticed their act. But, after hearing a thud, some people in nearby area rushed to the spot and found the van going up in flames.
Immediately they alerted the fire brigade and a team led by Assistant District Fire Officer Kumersan and Palayamkottai fire station officer Vettumperumal, rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.
Palayamkottai Assistant Commissioner of Police Mathavan, after inspecting the vehicle found Paripporanam, Malika and Sumathi charred inside.
Police said that Paripooranam committed suicide along with wife and daughter by setting fire to a domestic LPG cylinder, which they had carried with them in the car.
In a suicide note, which was found at Paripporanam’s house, he said that due to health problems, he was not in a position to continue his real estate business. He had given `1. 75 crore as loans to two persons in Thoothukudi district. But the duo was delaying repayment of the amount for around one-and-a-half years. Depressed over this, I decided to take the extreme step along with my family, he added in the suicide note, police said.
A fire brigade personnel said that the vehicle was a Maruthi Omni van fitted with a gas kit. However, the bottle in the vehicle’s kit remained intact. So, the family might have brought a domestic LPG cylinder and set it afire inside the van, said fire service personnel.
Initially, the fire service personnel suspected it to be a case of fire accident. But after dousing the flames, the team was shocked to find the three lying in a charred state inside the van.
A case has been registered against three persons - Lakshmanan, Subramanian and Manikavasan, all residents of Thoothukudi district, in connection with suicide.