Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jajpur, Jun 4:
Believe it or not, love for a girl drove five friends to enter into a suicide pact in Odisha.
As per reports, five youths, including three teens, were in love with a girl. Little did they know that they were in love with the same girl. When they realised it, they decided to sort out the issue amicably without much fuss as they were fast friends. They came out with a solution to enter into a suicide pact.
The obsessed lovers decided to consume poison to sacrifice for each other. In case anyone survives, he would stand a chance to marry the girl, sources said.
The love-struck youths prepared a toxic paste of marijuana, vermilion and peruviana (Kaniyara in Odia) seeds and gulped down the deadly substance. When they started vomiting, they were rushed to Bari Community Health Centre (CHC) in a critical condition. When their condition further deteriorated, the five youths—Ashok Mallick (20), Kuna Mallick (20), Rashmi Mallick (19), Alok Mallick (18) and Goutam Mallick (16)—from Jorakula village in Kalamatia panchayat under Bari block in Jajpur district were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) yesterday evening in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, the incident has become the talk of the town as it took place a day before Savitri Brata where married women observe fast for the long life of their spouse.