Subrahmanya, May 03: Elderly couples were found dead in their house at Valalambe Kadtal Kajethota near Guttigar on May 2, Friday morning.
The deceased are Hariraj Bhat (75) and his wife Sulochana (64). Their bodies were found in different rooms of the house. Sulochana was found dead on the bed with her face crushed and Hariraj’s body was found in hanging state in an adjacent room. Blood stains were found in his face and the sword used to commit the murder was found in the shed nearby
The locals are wondering if it was a suicide or murder because at the outset it seems Hariraj Bhat had killed his wife and then hanged self. Sources say that the couple was in good terms and there were no issues between them.
It is learnt that on May 1, Thursday midnight , Hariraj Bhat had messaged his second son, Sooryakanth hinting at his plans to end life. Sooryakanth had immediately passed on information to Chandrakanth who is the third son of the deceased. When Chandrakanth immediately telephoned his home to check, no one received the call, he then instructed the workers to visit home. By the time a worker who resided nearby arrived home in the morning, the couplewere found dead.
The bodies have been placed in the mortuary of a hospital in Mangalore until the couple’s first son arrives from the United States. Senior police officials including SP Sharanappa, DySP Mendonca and others have visited the spot.