BENGALURU: A 35-year-old daily wage worker committed suicide after strangling his wife and two children at their house in Maligundanahalli village near Kumbalagodu on Thursday. The deceased are Sathish, who was working at the City Market, his wife Manjula (24), their son Vijay (5) and daughter Shreya (3).
A senior police officer said that the couple, who hail from Tamil Nadu, had migrated to the city to find work. Sathish got addicted to alcohol a couple of years ago, and Manjula left him for a while. Her family members sent her back advising them that they compromise for their children’s future and so she had returned. The children were not allowed to go to school and Satish was not taking care of the family.
On Thursday, the couple quarrelled over a trivial issue and a frustrated Satish strangled his wife and children with a towel. Then he hanged himself from the ceiling. Around 9.30am, Manjula’s sister Nagarathna, who lives on the same street, came to their house to give them breakfast and knocked on the door repeatedly. As there was no response, she peeped through the window and saw Sathish’s body. She alerted the neighbours, who then informed the Kumbalagodu police. The bodies were taken to a government hospital for postmortem.
Manjula’s family stated in the complaint that the couple were quarrelling frequently and she was assaulted severely a couple of times. Sathish also suspected Manjula’s fidelity, which might have led him to take this extreme step, police said.