Man kills five children over poverty, attempts suicide (Lead)

June 8th, 2009 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, June 8 (IANS) Driven by poverty, a truck driver here allegedly killed his five children, critically injured his wife and then attempted suicide, police said Monday.
Ravindra Verma, 38, and his wife Durgawati, 35, were found with stab wounds in their house in Rosy Colony by his mother around 7 a.m. Monday. The five children were lying dead, police said.

Verma and his wife were rushed to a hospital, from where Durgawati was shifted to hospital in New Delhi. Their condition was said to be critical.

“Prima facie it seems to be a case of depression. Ravindra confessed he had no work for two months. So he killed his children and tried to kill his wife and himself,” said police officer R.K. Gautam.

The children were identified as Anjani, 14, Preeti, 10, Mona, 8, Devraj, 5, and nine-month-old Lucky.

They appear to have been killed with some blunt instrument. Their bodies have been sent for post mortem examination.

Originally a resident of Swan district in Bihar, Verma moved to Ghaziabad about 15 years ago and started working as a truck driver.

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