Bangalore: A 33-year-old woman and her one-year-old twins were found dead in mysterious circumstances in their house at Sreenivasanagar in Hanumanthnagar on Friday night. The deceased are Asha and her daughters Aradhya and Ahana.
Asha, a homemaker, is from Shimoga. She had earlier worked as a receptionist. She lived with her husband Harish and children on the top floor of a four-storeyed building. Harish’s relatives occupied the lower floors.
According to the police, Harish claimed that Asha had jumped into the water tank on the terrace along with their children late on Friday night. However, Asha’s relatives have accused Harish of murder in a police complaint.
Speaking to reporters, Asha’s sister Lakshmi said that she had received a call around 12.30 a.m. from Harish. He told her that Asha and the twins were lying dead in the overhead water tank. Lakshmi and her husband Praveen, who live in Electronics City, reached Asha’s house around 1.30 a.m. but found the three bodies on the bed.
“Nobody has actually seen their bodies in the tank. It is only Harish who is saying this. We suspect that he may have killed Asha and drowned the children,” said Lakshmi who claimed that there were fingernail marks on Asha’s face and an injury behind her right ear. “Around 10.45 p.m. on Friday, Harish had called us saying that Asha was refusing to eat food and was not talking. When we asked him to hand over the phone to her, she did not speak. We asked him to put her on speakerphone. However, we could only hear the voices of the twins. We don’t know if Asha was already dead by then.”
Praveen said that he tried reaching Asha on her mobile phone, but there was no response. By the time they reached Asha’s house, they found the bodies on the bed with Harish claiming to have found them in the overhead tank.
Asha’s relatives claimed that Harish, a supplier of mineral water, had lost Rs. 7 lakh while betting on IPL matches. They alleged that Harish had been unhappy about having girl children and harassed Asha about it.
“The couple had been married for three years and we had given dowry of Rs. 2 lakh plus some gold, but Harish continued to demand money later as well,” alleged Lakshmi.
Based on the allegations of Asha’s relatives, Hanumanthnagar police have arrested Harish and booked him for dowry death and murder.
What police say
Police said that it would have been difficult for anyone to go up the spiral staircase leading to the terrace carrying the two children.
A senior police officer said that the plastic tank is about 4.5 ft in height and it would have been difficult for Asha, whose height is little over five feet, to have drowned in it. He said that there were blunt injuries on the bodies but no apparent sign of strangulation.
Police are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain whether any water was found in the lungs.