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Five members of a “debt-ridden” family, including four women, allegedly died by suicide at their home in Assam’s Kokrajhar district, police said on November 2.

Kokrajhar’s superintendent of police Rakesh Raushan said that shop owner Nirmal Paul, his wife and three daughters died by hanging themselves at their home at Tulsibeel late on November 1 night.

“Paul had debts of Rs 25-30 lakh and he was unable to repay his EMIs (Equated Monthly Installments) to the bank. Apparently, anxious over the debts, the family took the extreme step,” Raushan was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Paul’s elder daughter Puja, a science graduate, was working as a teacher at a private school while his two other daughters, Neha and Sneha, were studying in schools. Paul was also working as a sub-agent of a gas agency in Tulsibeel area.

Police sent the bodies to a nearby hospital for the post-mortem examination.

The SP said that an investigation has been initiated.

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