Indian father held over kids’ death in Ireland

An Indian-origin father who had gone missing with his two sons is being questioned by police over their death in Ireland Tuesday

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: July 31, 2013 12:59:17 am

An Indian-origin father who had gone missing with his two sons is being questioned by police over their death in Ireland Tuesday.

Sanjeev Chada,43,along with 10-year-old Eoghan and 5-year-old Ruairi,went missing after leaving the family home at Ballinkillen in Bagenalstown in the Irish county of Carlow on Sunday evening.

The schoolboys were found dead Monday in the boot of the family car,crashed by their father outside Westport in Mayo county.

According to local media,police are questioning Chada on suspicion that he murdered his children and then tried to take his own life by crashing the car into a wall.

The father,who has been described by his neighbours as a “perfect devoted dad”,is believed to have strangled the kids.

The Irish Independent has reported that Chada,known locally as Sanj,is linked to a 50,000-euros embezzlement case in Carlow and an investigation is about to begin.

A priest comforting the boys’ mother,Kathleen Chada,said: “It was like an earthquake had hit the house. It was devastating for all of us. You can’t put into words the shock and numbness and pain and grief of that news coming through.”

Officers in Mayo have confirmed that Chada is in an “extremely distressed” state but he will be arrested on suspicion of murder when doctors say he is fit enough to be discharged.

He had to be cut from the wreckage of his car by a fire crew and witnesses described how the car careered down a byroad at speed before crashing into a wall.

Reports say he was found in the car with a makeshift noose around his neck and was taken from the scene of the accident to Mayo General Hospital for treatment to his injuries.

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