Five members of a family, including a nine-month-old male infant, were reportedly found dead at their home in Bangalore, while a two-and-a-half-year-old girl child has barely survived the trauma and is undergoing treatment, according to a statement by police said. The bodies were discovered from their residence in the city's Thigalarapalya on Friday night.
The incident came to light when the head of the family, Hallegere Shankar, who was away, came home after 4 days, as his repeated calls to family members had gone unanswered. It is suspected by the police that the deaths might have occurred four days ago, allegedly as part of a suicide pact. The deceased are Shankar's wife Bharathi (51), daughters Sinchana (34), Sindhurani (31), and son Madhusagar (25), and nine-month-old grandson.
While the four adults were found hanging from the ceiling in different rooms, the infant was lying on the bed and might have died of starvation, officials said, adding that the bodies were in a heavily decomposed state.
According to reports, Police have rescued Sinchana’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter who was found in a state of unconsciousness, due to starvation, and termed her survival as "miracle".The girl was rushed to a nearby private hospital where she is undergoing treatment and has gained consciousness. Doctors have said her condition is stable, officials said.