Four members of a farmer's family allegedly committed suicide in the Tirupur district near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, reportedly due to financial burden, police said on Sunday.
Muthusamy and others were found hanging in their house this morning by neighbours who peeped in after noticing that the door remained locked for a long time.
The other deceased were the farmer's mother, 11-year old daughter and four-year old son.
His wife had gone to a nearby village to attend a festival, they said.
Muthusamy, who had taken four acres of land on contract, was upset as he could not get expected returns from farming.
A preliminary inquiry revealed that financial burden was the reason behind the suicides, police added.