Three members of a family entered a suicide pact by taking overdose of pills in Kustore, about 8km from Dhanbad district headquarters, on Saturday night.
While Shalini Kumari (22) was declared brought dead, the other two — mother Nilam Devi (50) and brother Golu Kumar (14) — are still battling for life at Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
Plagued by poor financial condition and deteriorating health of husband Santosh Burnwal (56), Nilam and her two children took the extreme step.
Around 8am on Sunday, Nilam’s husband noticed the door of the room where the three were sleeping in bolted from inside. When there was no response after knocking umpteen times, Burnwal and his brother-in-law Virendra Kumar broke open the door to find the trio lying unconscious.
They informed Kenduadih police station. Officers rushed the three to PMCH.
A native of Gomoh in Dhanbad, small-time businessman Burnwal used to run a grocery store in Bokaro’s Phusro. The family of four was living happily before Burnwal started facing stiff competition.
However, he continued with his business, but could not sustain it for long and decided to close down his shop about two years ago. He also sent Nilam and two children to his brother-in-law’s house in Kustore.
Six months from then, Burnwal too shifted to Kustore and the entire family became dependent on Nilam’s brother’s income.
Stress coupled with depression took a toll on the couple’s health. While Burnwal started suffering from diabetes, Nilam developed hypertension and depression.
As diabetes often affects the kidney, Burnwal recently also developed some renal complications. About four days ago, Nilam and Burnwal went to a doctor and he recommended a prolonged and costly treatment for Burnwal.
“The family was passing through a phase of acute financial crunch,” said Kenduadih OC Ashok Yadav.