Businessman commits suicide after killing his wife, dog

Atul Upadhyay

A businessman killed his wife and pet dog and jumped to his death from the terrace of Annex Sycon Polaris Apartment, opposite Gayatri Vihar in Sadashivanagar, on Tuesday. The reason for the extreme step is said to be the health condition of his wife, who had advanced cancer.

The deceased have been identified as Atul Upadhyay (58) and wife Mamata (53). The couple, hailing from Mumbai, settled in the city 25 years ago. Atul was running a travel business in Ulsoor while Mamata was a homemaker.

According to a senior police officer, Rishabh, son of Atul’s brother, stayed with the couple, who didn’t have children of their own. On Tuesday, Rishabh, an LLB student, left for college around 9 am.

Later, the couple had an argument over some issue. In a fit of rage, Atul hit Mamata with dumbbells, killing her on the spot, police said.

Atul then took his dog to the terrace and flung it and jumped to his death. Both the dog and Atul died on the spot. The incident happened between 9 am and 9.30 am.

The police found a death note left by Atul stating that Mamata had advanced cancer, which had no treatment, and that there was no one to take care of them.

Rishabh told the police that the couple were upset about Mamata’s cancer.

They did not have any relatives except Rishabh in the city. Mamata’s sister, who is in the US, has been informed. The bodies have been kept at the MS Ramaiah Hospital. A postmortem will be conducted after the relatives arrive.

The dog's body has been kept at a veterinary hospital.

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