Agartala, Jan. 12: Two young lovers committed suicide within 24 hours, leaving the entire Sadar (north) area in a state of shock and grief.
Baby Natasha, 21, a resident of Taranagar village under Mohanpur subdivision in Sadar (north), fell in love with Sanjib Das, 25, of the same village. Natasha was a second year student of Swami Vivekananda College in Mohanpur subdivisional headquarters. Sanjib was an employee of the panchayat department.
Their families were against the match amid speculation that the two will soon get married. The Taranagar panchayat also discussed the matter during a meeting in December and asked the families of Sanjib and Natasha to ensure that the two, who belonged to different communities, snap their ties because of adverse reaction.
On Friday night, Sanjib sent a message — “be happy, accept my love”— to Natasha’s mobile. On Saturday morning, Natasha’s family discovered to their horror that Sanjib’s body was hanging from a tree near their house.
Yesterday around 8pm, Natasha left a suicide note on her table and then walked out of house. She told her mother Nasima Khatun, 51, that she was going to the bathroom. After nearly half-an-hour, Natasha’s mother found that her daughter had set herself ablaze under a bamboo plant behind her house. Natasha committed suicide after pouring kerosene on her body from a drum in her house.
Nasima screamed for help and soon family members and neighbours extinguished the fire before shifting the girl to Mohanpur subdivisional hospital and later to GB Hospital, Agartala.
Natasha who suffered more than 80 per cent burn injuries died within half-an-hour.
In her suicide note, she did not write anything about the affair, but appealed to her mother to forgive and forget her and educate her younger brother and sister.
The sub-divisional police officer (Mohanpur), Sanjay Biswas, said an inquiry was on, but the two lovers definitely committed suicide.