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Unable to come to terms with the death of their pet dog, an elderly couple here committed suicide by hanging themselves. The bodies of 67-year-old retired soldier C N Madanraj and his wife, Tarabai, 63, were found in their home.

According to the police, the childless couple had held a burial ceremony for their dog of 13 years called “Puppy”.

They also hosted a feast for friends before hanging themselves in their bedroom. “The couple described the grief over their pet dog in the suicide note they left on March 29,” police inspector V Anantaiah, said.

[ 2Apr2007 1237hrs ISTREUTERS, Hyderabad, ]