A 36-year-old man in Telangana's Vikarabad town allegedly killed his wife and two children on Monday by hitting them on their heads with an iron rod. The man then surrendered to the police on the same day.
Investigation officials said that the accused, identified as Praveen Kumar, suspected that his wife was having an affair and the couple would get into frequent arguments as a result. A similar fight had broken out on Sunday night, the police said, following which Praveen took an iron rod and allegedly killed his wife, Chandini, and his two kids, aged 5 and 9.
Media reports stated that Praveen told officials that he wanted to kill himself as well and hence claimed to have killed his children, as they would be orphaned otherwise. However, after committing the gruesome act, he surrendered to the police.
The police then rushed to his house and managed to recover the three bodies.
"The son was born from the woman's first marriage. After marrying Praveen, she gave birth to the girl. Praveen began harassing her physically and mentally. He would also abuse members of his family when they tried to intervene," Vikarabad inspector V Srinivasa Rao was quoted as saying.
A case has been registered under Section 302 (Murder) of the IPC and further investigation is ongoing. The accused has been taken into custody.
In a similar incident last month that surfaced from Nalgonda town in Telangana, a 26-year-old was brutally murdered and beheaded, allegedly by his two brother-in-laws, who also surrendered to the police.
The police suspected a family dispute to be the reason for the murder.
"They brought his head to the police station premises and have surrendered to us. It seems like there were some family disputes going on between them since last two years but we still need to verify the same," the police had said at the time, while registering a case.