Indian officials have Monday confirmed six members of a family dead at their home in southern city of Mandurai, after committing suicide over an unpaid debt.
The family which owned a school, reportedly died after consuming poison which the police found alongside a suicide note that said they were hugely indebted.
In the suicide note, the deceased family asked authorities to sell their property to help settle the dues, police said.
Police are investigating if the family was under pressure from any private money lenders.
Two more family members were also rescued from their residence in a critical state late Sunday night before they were rushed to a hospital, administration official, Veera Rao, said.
Madurai is notorious for unscrupulous money lenders in spite a state government ban and local media has reported on a number of cases of harassment by the money lenders