India, Oct. 18 -- Four members of a family including a woman and her two daughters committed suicide near Auroville township in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district, police said on Friday. Preliminary inquiries suggest family members could have taken the extreme step due to mounting debts.

The deceased identified as Sundaralingam (40), Maheswari (35), Krithika (17) and Sameeksha (13) were residents of Kuyilapalayam village near Auroville.

An inquiry officer with the Auroville police station said Sundaralingam was working in a bakery and his wife Maheswari was a maid at a hotel in Auroville.

"Maheswari did not go to work since Monday, therefore, the hotel owner sent someone to check on Maheswari on Thursday night. The hotel staff found the ...