A woman allegedly killed her three children by throwing them in an open well and later committed suicide in Rajsthali village in Palitana taluka of Bhavnagar district early on Tuesday.
Mamta Gohil (24),wife of a farmer,allegedly threw her two daughters Riddhi (4) and Hetal (3) and son Jaimin (1) in the open well of their farm and latter hanged herself in the same well by making a noose of her sari and trying it with a wooden log at around 5 am,police said.
Though the well was not very deep,there was six feet water in it and the children drowned. The mother too died by hanging herself in the same well, Palitana (rural) Police Sub-Inspector Bhan Vank told The Indian Express over phone.
Police said the woman took her children to the well after her husband Jaysukh left for Palitana town around 4 am to sell vegetables that they grown on their farm. The family used to live in a cottage on the farm with other members of the extended Gohil family.
After they wake up to see the children missing and doors of their house open,other family members launched a search for them and found the four dead in the well around 6 am, Vank further said.
The PSI said Mamta and Jaysukh had differences and that the couple used to quarrel frequently. There was a marriage in Mamtas family on Monday but she had not attended it. However,we are investigating if this was the reason for her extreme step, Vank,who is investigating the case,said.
On the basis of a complaint filed by Jaysukhs elder brother Ashok,Palitana (rural) police have registered a case of murder against Mamta and started investigation.