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Suspecting Covid, elderly couple end life in Hyderabad | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: An elderly couple, down with fever and suspecting they might be afflicted with coronavirus, committed suicide by consuming poison at their residence at Panjagutta on Saturday. They feared they might pass on the virus to other members of their family.
Around 11.30am on Saturday, one of their sons went to check on them at their residence. He found the door locked. When he peeped through the window, he found his parents —father, 63, and mother, 60 —lying on the floor, Panjagutta police said.
Immediately, he prised open the door, but by then they were already dead. Police were informed about the incident.
“We found a suicide note near the bodies, which was written by the woman. She said that from last few days they were suffering with fever and cold. Suspecting that they might be suffering with corona and the virus might be transmitted to their sons and grandchildren, they consumed pesticide,’’ Panjagutta police said. Police said they do not have any information about the couple undergoing Covid-19 test.
Assistant commissioner of police (Panjagutta) Tirupathanna said: “Though the children of the couple stay separately, they visit them regularly. Perhaps, fearing that the virus might spread to their family members, they took the extreme step.”
The investigators suspect the couple might have taken the extreme step on Saturday morning. Police have shifted the bodies for post-mortem examination to ascertain the facts. As of now, they registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.

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