A father and his 12-year-old son have died after the former crashed their vehicle onto a truck in what is being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide incident, authorities said.

The 50-year-old father, identified as Prakash Devarajan rammed his car onto a tanker lorry at Mamom near Attingal in the Indian state of Kerala on Tuesday night, June 21, killing himself and his son, Sivadev, reports said.

The fatal crash happened just minutes after Devarajan wrote on his social media that his wife and her friends were to be held responsible for their deaths.

According to the police, Devarajan was driving the vehicle on the wrong side of the road when it collided with the tanker head-on by 11.45 pm, local time.

The police initially began investigating the incident as a road accident until they came across Devarajan’s social media post, in which he had accused four people, including his wife, of abetting his suicide.

The photos of the accused four were also posted on Devarajan’s Facebook page. The police have also recovered a suicide note from the scene, reports said.

Devarajan reportedly wrote in the note that his wife, Sivakala, who works as a dance teacher in Bahrain, and three others, identified as Unni, Aneesh, and Muneer, had inflicted financial and mental pressure on him and that they should be punished for his plight.

Sources said the note also mentioned that Devarajan had a strained relationship with his wife after she refused to return from abroad.

He wrote that the accused, Aneesh, a native of Vilappilsala, is his wife’s lover.

Police said they are yet to start an investigation into the incident and are examining Devarajan’s cellphone to gain a much better insight into the alleged murder-suicide.

"We are yet to question their relatives and the people mentioned in the suicide note. Their involvement, if any, in the accident could be ascertained after we question them," Station House Officer of Attingal police station told the Times of India.

"We need to check the electronic devices to see if Devarajan had left any more messages. We need to check his house also to see whether there were any more notes he had prepared," the officer said.

No arrests have been reported.

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