A one-year-old child was found alive beside the bloodied body of his mother at a house in a Hyderabad suburb Friday and police came in to discover a possible murder and a suicide, as there was a second body.
The woman appeared to have been stabbed and a man known as her husband was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the rented flat in Jadagiri in Kukatpally, police sources said. The boy’s cries alerted neighbours. The flat’s owner broke open the door and found the child lying in a pool of blood.
Police suspect the crime occurred Wednesday night and the child spent nearly two days around the bodies of his parents. Doors and windows of the flat were shut and the neighbours did not hear the child’s cries until Friday morning, sources said.
The police found a suicide note in Kannada by the man, Manjunath, 30, who claimed he and his wife Meena Rani were under financial crisis and had decided to end their lives.
The couple had moved to Hyderabad from Kolar in Karnataka five months ago. Quoting the suicide note, officials said Manjunath and Meena fell in love several years ago but their families did not agree to their marriage.
“Meena was married off to someone else and Manjunath married another woman. But five months ago, they eloped and came to Hyderabad without divorcing their spouses. While Meena started working as a salesperson at a cloth store, Manjunath did odd jobs. In the suicide note, he mentioned he started suspecting Meena was having an affair with a colleague at the cloth store and that they were regularly having arguments over the issue,” a police official said.
“From phone call records we found Meena also called up a relative in Hyderabad and asked for money Tuesday. But she never went to collect the money. We suspect she was stabbed,’’ the official added.
The boy was initially taken care of by neighbours. Now, he is being taken care of at a government child welfare centre, the official said.