Woman and son dead,husband critical after consuming poison

A woman and her eight month-old-son were found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: January 16, 2012 2:08 am

Mystery surrounds deaths,police suspect case of suicide but no note found

A 25-year-old woman and her eight month-old-son were found dead in mysterious circumstances while her 33-year-old husband was found unconscious in their flat at Sus village on Sunday morning. Police suspect the couple to have given poison to the child before consuming it,between Saturday night and Sunday morning. No suicide note was found.

Police have identified the husband as Anirban Adhikari,a graphic designer working with a private company in Bavdhan,his deceased wife as Konkana and son Aditya. The incident came to light when Anirban’s elder brother Arindam went to his flat in Nea Apartment at 10 am,after the latter did not pick up his mother’s call.

Arindam told Newsline,“When I reached there,the door was locked and no one answered. We had to break the glass window to enter the room. We found all of them unconscious in the bedroom and immediately took them to a hospital. Konkana and Aditya were dead by then.”

He added,“On Saturday night,Anirban had called our mother and asked about where the bottle of an Ayurvedic medicine for stomachache was kept in the house. In the morning,our mother called him to ask about his health but he did not answer the call. Our parents were in Pune and returned home recently.”

Konkana’s brother and sister-in-law were to visit them on Sunday and Anirban was to pick them up from the station in the morning.

Ganpat Mandgulkar,senior inspector with Hinjewadi police,said,“It is too early to comment on the reason why they took this extreme step. Anirban is under treatment and his condition is critical. The matter will be clear only after we record his statement. Prima facie,it looks that the two consumed poison and the child was poisoned by either of them. A case of murder will be registered after a primary inquiry.” He said post-mortem and chemical tests will also throw light on the case.

Police said Anirban’s family hailed from Tinsukia in Assam. Arindam said,“Anirban had done his graduation from Fergusson College and had then completed a post-graduate course in Mass Communication from a private university in Delhi. He had shifted with his family to this new house in October. I am not aware of any dispute between them. Theirs was a love marriage.”

A doctor from the private hospital where Anirban was under treatment said,“Next 48 hours are critical for him. We do not know what poison has caused this. It seems that some part of Anirban’s brain has been damaged due to poison. Chemicals tests will give us an idea of what antidote can be used for treatment.”

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