Mystery shrouds ‘drowning’ of family in Kamavari river

Mystery continues to surround the death of five members of a family whose bodies were found floating in the Kamavari river,13 km away from Bhiwandi in Thane district,on Tuesday.

Written by Joshua Patnigere | Published: April 13, 2012 4:44:00 am

Mystery continues to surround the death of five members of a family whose bodies were found floating in the Kamavari river,13 km away from Bhiwandi in Thane district,on Tuesday. While the postmortem reports have suggested that the victims had drowned to death,the police are still clueless about how the five were found dead in the river.

Police are probing the case from all angles and have not yet ruled out the possibility of accidental deaths. The deceased —Kamta Kane (37),her daughters Deepali (14) and Mayuri (9) and sons Sagar (12) and Sahil (6) — were found floating in the Kamavari river by Kamta’s husband Naresh with the help of residents. The five had been missing since Monday evening prompting Naresh to launch a hunt to locate them.

Medical examinations of the victims have revealed that Mayuri had swelling and some bruises near her private parts. The police had then asked doctors to send a vaginal swab from Mayuri’s corpse to search for traces of semen. Five local watchmen were also detained and questioned to see if they had anything to do with the case.

Speaking to Newsline on Thursday,officers investigating the case said the police have now send viscera samples from the victims to ascertain if the victims were drowned forcefully.

“At this stage,we do not know how they drowned. The case is being investigated on a micro-level and we have asked doctors for results of the chemical analysis test on Mayuri’s vaginal swab sample. However,at this stage,we suspect it is a case of accidental drowning,” said police inspector S M Chaudhari of the Ganeshpuri Police Station in Thane Rural.

Senior officers revealed that the chances of accidental drowning in the case seems to be more.

“There may be a chance that one of the children might have drowned,forcing the others to try and save the drowning person. The clothes of the children found by the bank of the river also led us to suspect this,” said Superintendent of Police (Thane Rural) Rajeshkumar Mor.

Mor said the marks on Mayuri’s body may also be because of the fishes who would have nibbled on the body. “The river is inhabited by fishes. The marks may have been caused by the fishes. However,nothing can be ruled out,” said Mor.

Inspector General of Police (Konkan Range) Parambir Singh said,“We are probing all angles,although the accidental drowning seems a possibility. As it being a case of suicide,the childrens age group does not seem consistent for a suicide case. In such cases,the children are usually thrown into the river. However,since the children were big,we cannot rely on that possibility. As of now,there is no evidence of foul play either,” said Singh.

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