Delhi builder held for attempting suicide; killing wife, daughter

September 17th, 2008 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) A debt-ridden real estate developer has been arrested here for killing his wife and two-and-half-year-old daughter and attempting suicide in his rented south Delhi home, police said Wednesday.Syed Abbas smothered his wife Neelam and daughter Jaenab with a pillow and later attempted suicide by slashing his wrist with a knife and blade at his first floor house in Maharani Bagh area last month.

The police rushed him to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where doctors performed surgery on his hand. He gradually recovered from his injuries.

According to police officials, Abbas was under immense pressure to repay loans. But knowing his inability to repay, he had asked his wife to write her suicide note and said they would both end their lives together.

“Once Neelam wrote her note, Abbas killed both her and the daughter and then attempted suicide,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police H.G.S. Dhaliwal.

“Abbas believed that the insurance money received by his business partner or someone would help in paying his debt. He would now be prosecuted for murder and attempt to suicide,” he added.

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