A family of four from Bangalore was found dead in a hotel room in Kukke Subrahmanya on Saturday.
The hotel staff found the rotting bodies of A Nanjundaiah (45), Jayalakshmi (39), Pavan (13) and Srilakshmi (8) on a bed in the room. The deceased were residents of Rajajinagar in Bangalore.
Sources in Subrahmanya police station told Express that Nanjundaiah owned a jewellery showroom in Chikpet. He had incurred heavy losses and had fled the city as he was under huge debt. The police suspect the four to have committed suicide by consuming poison two days ago.
The family is said to have arrived at the temple town last Wednesday. They booked a room on the fourth floor at a private lodge. According to eyewitnesses, Nanjundaiah and son Pavan carried heavy bags into the room. Soon after checking in, they visited the Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. They weren’t seen venturing outside afterwards.
On Saturday, foul smell started emanating from the room, prompting the hotel staff to investigate. They found the rotting bodies and some wet clothes in the bathroom. They then alerted the police.
Subrahmanya police hadn’t registered a case till 8.45 pm on Saturday as they were waiting for the circle inspector to arrive at the scene. Meanwhile, CCTV footage from the hotel has been handed over to the local police.
Police sources said the bodies would soon be shifted to a hospital for autopsy, on the directions of Subrahmanya inspector Satish.
The family’s relatives have already started from Bangalore and are likely to reach Subrahmanya on Sunday.