In a gruesome incident, a man from Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district killed both his children, after he fought with his wife. The police said that the accused, identified as Dhanoji Rao, strangled his seven-year-old daughter and drowned his four-year-old boy near Nandikotkur town.
The accused and his children were staying at Jupadu Bangla village and the police said that Rao's wife was not staying with the family for some time now. He surrendered to the authorities on Monday morning after committing the crime. Following this, the police visited his house and the water body, and managed to recover both bodies.
Speaking to a local media outlet, Sub-Inspector Ashok, said, "He came to the police station at around 4.30 am in the morning. When quizzed about his motive, he said that he was unhappy with his wife who was not willing to stay with him and would frequently go away. He said this motivated him to take the extreme step."
The police said that they were making efforts to trace the accused's wife. The accused used to work as a daily labourer.
It was also reported that the couple had been counselled by the police earlier, but to no avail. They had been married for the last 10 years.
"A case has been registered and the body has been sent for a post-mortem. Following this, we will arrest the accused and take him into custody," the SI added.
Further details are awaited.
This is not the first such incident to be reported this year.
In February, a man allegedly killed his wife and two kids in Jillelaguda in Hyderabad’s Meerpet area. The victims, identified as 35-year-old Jyothi and her two kids, Abhijeet (6) and Sahasra (4), were strangled to death, according to the police.