In an ugly turn of events, a woman in Karnataka’s Mandya allegedly murdered her paramour’s wife and their four children, so that she could clear her way to marry him. The accused woman has been arrested.
According to police, Lakshmi, a resident of Belavatta village in Mysuru, had an illicit relationship with Gangaram, a plastic goods trader, who had purportedly refused several entreaties by the accused to marry her. She is also married and has two children.
The accused who stayed back in the house of Gangaram, had hacked and killed Gangaram’s wife, also named Lakshmi (26), her sons Raj (12), Govinda, (8), Komal (7), and Kunal (4), with a machete she brought from a poultry shop. Infact, both Lakshmis were related to each other as cousins.
The accused Lakshmi, after the cold-blooded act in KRS village in Srirangapatna taluka on February 5, which shocked the state, had attended the funeral too. She also wept and created drama in front of dead bodies to divert suspicion, a police official said.
According to police, Gangaram’s wife had objected to his illicit relationship and asked him to keep distance from the other woman. There accused was possessive of Gangaram and decided to get rid of his wife and children to get married to him.
She decided to kill the family when Gangaram went to another place. The police who took up the investigation suspected the accused and after questioning, she confessed to the crime.
Police suspect that she would have laced their food with substances which made them unconscious, and also given them poison also, and are awaiting a postmortem report. Speaking with The Indian Express, a police officer said,
We initially suspected Gangaram of the murders, but as of now, there is no evidence against him. He was in Hyderabad when the incident took place.
But we came to know that Gangaram and Lakshmi were having an affair, and upon collecting information from local residents and analysing CCTV cameras near Gangaram’s house, we found that Lakshmi (the accused) was there late at night with her vehicle. When she was questioned, she admitted to the crime.
Adding further, he said,
The accused had stolen some jewels from the house to make it look like the murders took place as part of a robbery. However, because the children were also killed, we suspected that personal grudge was involved in this case.
Because there was no forced entry into the house, we also suspected that someone known to the family was involved.
Further investigation is on.
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