A WOMAN AND her three minor children were allegedly stabbed to death in Mankhetra village of Mangrol taluka in Junagadh district their bodies were found dumped in a septic tank on Thursday morning, the police said the motive of the murders was still under investigation.
Police said the incident took place in a farm at Mankhetra village, around five kilometres away from Mangrol town between Wednesday night and early hours on Thursday. Police said the assailant attacked the victims and killed them on the spot. After murdering the four, the accused dumped their bodies in septic tank of a toilet in the house and placed its lid back on.
The victims were identified as Sharda Gohel (35), her son Hrutwik (13) and daughters Dolly (12) and Neha (7). Police said that the family were farmers.
“Sharda’s husband Devraj works as a guard of Gujarat Industrial Security Force (GISF) and is posted in Veraval. While he was away on duty, somebody stabbed his wife and children to death and dumped their bodies in the septic tank. It was only when Devraj returned home at around 7 am, he suspected something was amiss that the incident came to light,” Mangrol police sub-inspector Haresh Rathod said.
Based on a complaint filed by Sharda’s father Dana Mevada, Mangrol police booked unidentified persons for murder and disappearance of evidence. Mevada named one Jiko Parmar, resident of nearby Rudalpur village in Mangrol taluka as a suspect.
“Parmar is the son of Devraj’s paternal aunt and had been living with them in Mankhetra for the last two years and was helping the family in farming. He is on the run presently,” investigating officer Rathod said.