A 40-year-old deceased man Mangesh Anerao has been booked for allegedly murdering his one-year-old twin daughters and another four-year-old daughter by feeding them poison. Mangesh later allegedly committed suicide by consuming the same poison. The police also arrested his younger brother Narendra on charges of allegedly abetting his suicide.
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The police said they recovered a “detailed suicide note” stating that a property dispute with his father, brother and sister-in-law was the reason for the extreme step.
According to Avinash Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector of the Sakinaka police, Narendra was arrested Sunday afternoon and would be produced before a magistrate’s court for further remand Monday.
“He has been named in the suicide note left behind by Mangesh. We have not yet arrested the father and Mangesh’s sister-in-law as we are probing the case and verifying their role,” added Dharmadhikari.
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Mangesh and his daughters, identified as Harshita, 4, and twins Anannya and Arohi, were found dead in their residence of Mohili Village of Sakinaka early on Saturday.
“Mangesh said that he decided to take his daughters along with him because it would be difficult for his wife to raise them alone. He wrote in the letter that he did not have the courage to kill his wife and son and so sent them to Virar,” said an officer attached with the Sakinaka police.
Mangesh was reportedly unemployed and had sent his wife with his eldest son to Mira Road at 6 am on Saturday to take money from a family friend. The police suspect that the children were fed milk laced with poison at around 7 am.
Following this, Mangesh made a call to his sister Usha, who resides nearby in Ghatkopar, around 7.30 am, asking her to visit. The bodies were discovered by Usha when she came to the residence around 9 am.
“Mangesh’s father wanted him to give up the house so he could sell it and distribute the money between his two sons and keep some for himself. However, Mangesh would often refuse to give up the house stating that he had spent a lot of money on his mother’s treatment,” added an officer.
The police have collected samples of tea and milk and sent them to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis. The poison was found in a white container near their bodies. The police suspect it to be a pesticide.