On Sunday morning, Chikkaballapur police found the body of a woman in the woods off Nandi Hills, a popular picnic spot. However, some hours later, they realised that her two-year-old son was perhaps also with her, and his whereabouts are not known.
Although Prateekshaâ€™s body was found by the police on Sunday morning, they are uncertain as to what happened to her or her son, as her husband Suman and in-laws are missing.
According to Chikkaballapur Rural assistant sub-inspector Narayana Swamy, inquiries so far have revealed that Prateeksha left her house in Bagepalli on Friday morning with her son to meet a friend. Police believe that she may have gone to Tipuâ€™s Drop near Nandi Hills along with the boy and waited for the crowd to thin before she could take the extreme step.
â€śWe are guessing that she must have first flung her son and then she must have jumped too. Maybe her body didnâ€™t fall too deep in to the valley and thatâ€™s why were able to trace it,â€ť he said.
â€śIt is a deep forest like area below, and it is difficult to reach we are looking for the childâ€™s body,â€ť Swamy added.
Though prima facie it looks like Prateeksha committed suicide, police have not ruled out the possibility of dowry harassment. Prateekshaâ€™s father had once filed a complaint that his daughter was harassed by her husband Suman, who is a businessman in Gauribidanur and her in-laws.
Swamy told The News Minute that
Suman and her in-laws have been absconding from their house in Bagepalli since Saturday, a day after Prateeksha was last seen by neighbours.
Asked whether there could be a chance that the child was with Suman, Narayana Swamy said that the investigation so far has revealed otherwise.
â€śThe investigating officer DySP Purushotam and three other police officials searched for the family their house and neighbourhood areas on Sunday. The neighbours claimed that the last time they saw the family was on Saturday. The neighbours also told the police that they last saw the child with Prateeksha on Friday,â€ť Swamy said.
The investigating officer told Times of India that since there are no CCTV cameras near Tipu Drop or other places, they are gathering information from people who were at the spot on Friday evening. They have also sent a photograph of the child to other police stations.
No missing complaint was registered by Suman for either Prateeksha or their son. However, police are on the lookout for Suman has been registered in Chikkaballapur rural police station as the police believe he is absconding.