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Four of a family found dead

Amruta Byatnal

All the four hailed from Madurai; police suspect rift in the family


Daughter-in-law left the family 15 days after her marriage in 2010

Suicide note says all the property should be donated to a trust


Pune: Four members of a family — an elderly couple and their two sons — were found dead in their apartment at Bavdhan in Pune late on Wednesday evening. According to the police, a note left by the family said it was a case of collective suicide. The family originally hailed from Madurai, and was settled in Pune for the last six years.

The bodies of A.N. Vishnuvardhan (35), his mother Indira Narayanan (59), father A.P. Naraynan (62) and brother A.N. Madhusudan (28), were found in a decomposed state. In the suicide note, the family members said they wished that all their property and belongings should be donated to the Shree Raja Rajeshwari Siddhar Peetam Public Charitable Trust in Tamil Nadu.

The incident came in light after the neighbours complained of a foul smell and informed the police. The police broke open the door of the house.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Dnyaneshwar Chavan said that the suicide note was dated March 20 and the four people were suspected to have consumed poison. “Postmortem has been conducted and viscera preserved for chemical analysis. The type of the poison can be ascertained only after the chemical analysis report is received,” Mr. Chavan said. Bottles of whiskey and honey were found in the house but no trace of any poison, the police said.

According to the suicide note, the family was harassed allegedly by Vishnuvardhan's wife Sangeeta , which drove them to take the drastic step. According to the police inspector Ganpatrao Madgulkar, Vishnuvardhan, an engineer by profession, married Sangeeta, who is an MBA graduate, on October 21, 2010, but she returned to Madurai 15 days after them marriage. Vishnuvardhan was working with a financial analysis company in Mumbai.

Mr. Madgulkar said Vishwavardhan's brother was pursuing his MBA degree in a college in Pune while his father was a retired man. His mother was a housewife. Mr. Madgulkar said the suicide note suggested that Ms. Sangeeta wanted to live separately, and was pestering Vishwavardhan.

The police said it looked like a case of meticulous planning as the suicide note stated how to dispose the property and belongings including their mortal remains.

According to the victim Indira's brother N R Ramamurthy, who arrived in Pune from Bangalore late on Thursday evening to claim the bodies, Indira wanted her sons to live with her and made repeated requests to Sangeeta to not to break the family.

According to Mr. Madgulkar, Sangeeta is residing in Madurai. The investigation in the case will now continue in Pune and after a case is filed will be taken to Madurai.

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