Woman kills children, commits suicide

Relatives grieve the death of Sathyamma and her  children in Chitradurga on Thursday. DH Photo

The deceased have been identified as Sathyamma (30), Pooja (14) and Poornima (8).
Police said Sathyamma’s husband Manjunath, was an autorickshaw driver. He had died in an accident a few months ago. After her husband’s death, Sathyamma worked as a coolie.

She had neither land nor property to fall back on. Unable to bear her husband’s death and driven by poverty, she is said to have taken the extreme step.

On Thursday morning, it is learnt that Sathyamma visited her husband’s samadhi and offered her obeisance. While returning, she is said to have fed her children with ammonium phosphate, before consuming herself.

Passersby, on seeing the three lying sick near a pond, admitted them to the district hospital. While Sathyamma and Pooja died on the way, Poornima died at the Basaveshwar Hospital.

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