Acid Suicides

Title: Mother, Daughter Die After Consuming Acid
October 26, 2012
The Hindu

Abstract: Fearing the wrath of investors in the chit-fund they failed to operate profitably in the run up to the Diwali festival, a mother-daughter duo of Edaitheru within Woraiyur station limits died consuming acid at their residence.

While daughter Mahalakshmi (40) died in the late hours of Wednesday at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, the mother, Gomathi (59), passed away in the wee hours of Thursday.

Another daughter Vijayashanthi (36), who also consumed acid, was said to be battling for life at the hospital. Every year, they used to return the money along with interest, sweets and gift to investors.

This year, however, depletion in cash flow was stated to have jeopardised their business, police said, adding that the pressure exerted by investors at such a juncture to return their money with interest drove them into taking a fatal decision.

Woraiyur police have registered a case (The Hindu, 2012).

Cop Drinks Acid To Kill Himself
November 3, 2012
Times of India

Abstract: A 38-year-old assistant sub-inspector of Kolkata police committed suicide by drinking acid in his home at Dangapara near Khardah in North 24-Parganas on Thursday night. He is survived by his wife and two sons aged between 10 to 12.

Police said that Swarnakamal Chatterjee, who was posted in Nadial, had gone to SSKM hospital with his ailing wife on Thursday. They returned in the afternoon. At night he went to toilet where he allegedly drank acid, staggered out and collapsed. He was taken to hospital where he died an hour later. Police say he did not leave a suicide note. They suspect a family feud to be the motive for the suicide.

Police are however yet to ascertain the reason behind his suicide. "No suicide note was found in his room and the family members did not lodge any complaint in this connection till Saturday evening. We have initiated an unnatural death case. We are also waiting for the postmortem report to know the exact cause behind his death," a senior police official said. Police are also investigating whether a family feud could have driven him to take the drastic step (Times of India, 2012).