The bodies of 22-year-old Jhili Majhi and Sonu Pradhan (30), were found at Tal village near Redhakhole. Jhili’s mother, Lata Majhi (50), was found lying dead behind the house on Saturday morning.
Police suspect it to be a case of mass suicide over family disturbances. Police said Sonu, who had been residing in his maternal uncle’s house for the past few months, developed a love affair with Jhili and wanted to marry her.
But Lata was not keen to marry off her daughter to a close relative. This led to an unhappy situation in the house. “Sonu and Jhili decided to end their lives after they lost all hopes of their marriage. They consumed poison and committed suicide,” said Rajanikant Samal, IIC (Redhakhol police station).
But police are not sure of Lata committing suicide. “She might have confused to find them both dead and hanged herself to avoid being blamed,” Samal said. He said a case has been registered and sent the bodies for autopsy.