Pune: A software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in an apartment in Baner-Pashan area in Pune in a case of suspected suicide, said police on Friday.
The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their home on the Baner-Pashan link road, said the Chaturshringi police.
Rope marks were discerned on the necks of the husband and wife, while the child appears to have been administered with poison, said the police.
“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step and the time of the deaths,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.
Patel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, the victim’s house was locked from inside for past couple of days.
“When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late on Thursday evening. Patel’s apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the family in a deceased state,” said the officer.
The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on.
Suicide spree in city
The Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune in the last 48 hours.
On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area.
In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.