Man murders wife, disabled son; surrenders to police

Last Updated 15 September 2014, 21:21 IST

A man killed his wife and five-year-old physically-challenged son by slitting their throat at his house in Rajajinagar, on Monday afternoon.

Rushing to Rajajinagar Police Station, Kumar Nayak, 30, a dressmaker at Bhashyam Circle, confessed he had murdered his wife Manjula Bai, 26, suspecting her fidelity, and their son Harshith, 5.

Fortuitously, his three-year-old son, Chandan, was away at a family friend’s house, when Kumar, in a sudden rush of blood and pique, committed the heinous crime.

The police have arrested Nayak. A resident of Rajajinagar IV Block, 10th Main, Rama Mandir Road, and native of Hunasikoppa, in Magadi taluk, he had married Manjula Bai seven years ago, after a brief courtship. 
Thereafter, the couple had moved to Bangalore five years ago, police said.

The couple had frequent tiffs lately over Manjula’s fidelity. On Monday, returning home around 3.30 pm, Kumar attacked his wife with a dagger who collapsed due to bleeding profusely.  Later, he slit Harshith’s throat repeatedly.

He told police inspector N Ramesh that since his wife continued her affair despite several warnings, he decided to murder her.

Stating that it would have been difficult for his physically challenged son to fend for himself, he said, he had murdered him as well, since he did not want him to suffer in the  absence of a caretaker. Harshith had lost both his legs due to a disease.

The police inspector rushed to Kumar’s house and was shocked to see the bodies lying in a pool of blood. Later, he arrested Kumar.

“It’s really a shocking incident,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar, who visited the spot, said.

Uma, a close family friend, said “Chandan was attached to me ever since his birth. I had come Kumar’s house on September 5. I took Chandan with me while returning home. I am shocked to hear the news.”
Observing that she had known the couple over a decade, she said Kumar is a good person, though the couple frequently quarrelled.

House owner Manjunath, describing Kumar as a polite human being, said “he did not have financial troubles. The couple were happily married and I never found them to be fighting.”

The police clarified that Kumar just told them his wife had an affair, but did not disclose further details.
It is not known if he imagined things or Manjula Bai did have an affair, police said.

(Published 15 September 2014, 21:21 IST)

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