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Bangalore: Housewife, twin daughters found dead in water tank


Bangalore, Jan 5 (DHNS): A homemaker and her twin daughters, aged 14 months, were found dead under mysterious circumstances in an overhead tank of their house at Srinivasa Nagar in the early hours of Saturday.

The deceased had been identified as Asha (33) and her daughters Ahana and Aradhya. Asha’s husband Hareesh (38) claimed that she had jumped into the 1,000-litre tank. Asha’s family, however, denied claims of suicide and alleged murder and dowry harassment .

Police sources said circumst­a­nces of the death did not indicate suicide. They suspected fo­ul play. H S Revanna, DCP (South), told Deccan Herald that cases of murder and dowry death were registered against Hareesh, based on a complaint lodged by Asha’s elder brother. Hareesh was then arrested.

Asha was from Sagar in Shimoga district. She worked as a receptionist at a City hotel. In 2011, she had an arranged mar­riage with Hareesh, a sm­all-time mineral water supplier. Her elder sister Lakshmi said the family had to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as dowry, besides 170 gram of gold ornaments.


The couple lived on the top floor of Hareesh’s four-storey house. Life became miserable for Asha after she delivered the twins. Her mother-in-law Nellooramma and Hareesh were upset over the birth of girls. Lakshmi said the family started harassing and humiliating Asha. They even called the tw­ins “bad luck”. She alleged that Hareesh was a habitual gambler and lost Rs 7 lakh in IPL betting. He blamed the “bad luck” brought by his daughters for his loss. Besides, the couple did not get along well.

Around 10:48 pm on Friday, Hareesh called up Lakshmi’s husband Praveen and compl­ained that Asha was not eating. Praveen said when he asked Hareesh to give the phone to Asha, he said she was not ready to speak. His calls to Asha’s mobile phone also went unanswered. Hareesh then called him around 12:15 am to say that Asha had jumped into the overhead tank with their daughters. By the time Praveen reached Asha’s house, the bodies were fi­shed out of the tank and placed on a bed.

Lakshmi said there were inj­ury marks on Asha’s face and neck and blood stains behind her right ear. The family alle­g­ed that Hareesh killed Asha and the girls in a mandatory inq­uest statement made before the tehsildar.

A senior police officer said autopsy of the bodies would throw more light on the cause of the death. He said the police were keen on ascertaining whe­t­her water had accumulated in their lungs. Autopsy was conducted at Victoria Hospital and the report is awaited.

Probe angle

A senior official involved in the investigation said committing suicide by jumping into an overhead tank was very rare. 

He said the tank was 4.5 feet high. Asha was taller by at least a foot and it was doubtful whether she drowned in the tank, which was not even full to the brim.

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  • Prashanth, Udupi / Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 6 2014

    Ohhh so sad. How cruel inlaws & husband. Who asked him to go for betting. How can they call a baby girl as Bad Luck. Hope hareesh has forgot that his mother is also a Female. Can he now call his mother as BAD LUCK.

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  • Nisar, Dubai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Oh, very sad incident. What is the fault of two innocent babies?!! Strict investigation required, truth should be revealed. May their soul RIP.

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  • vicky, mangalore/dubai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    100% Murder.....who ever done this, he should be punished same way...put him inside the tank until he dies.

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  • mariam, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Even the cats and dogs will not do this.

    But Hareesh and his mother Nelloramma and family are killers. An innocent young mother with 2 lovely twins killed like this ? not acceptable to anyone.

    The law should take care of the killers.

    So sad to see innocent children and mother being killed. RIP

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  • Joyce, Moodbidri/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Are these human beings or wild animals?? even animals r much better, the innocent angels helpless cry will haunt him and his fly for lifetime if he manage to survive in this world.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Suicides have become common when the family undergoes some problem and the family members unable to face it.This is the biproduct of inclination towards easy life.This tendency has started recently more because families have become delicate and unable to face the family problems.Really bad development and we condone this incident. Thanq.

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    THIS CAUSE OF DEATH MAY BE HARASSMENT..POLICE SHOULD INVESTIGATE THIS CASE AND PUNISH THE CULPRIT..VERY SAD..GOD MAY GRANT THEM ETERNAL LIFE..

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  • Shammi, Karnataka

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    There is nothing called as badluck or good luck.Its how we presume.So beautiful daughters ,what did they know about dowry.Give him life sentence,if he is out on bail,then another girl will be trapped in the name of dowry marriage.He is raakshas disguised in human.May he never get happiness hereafter.having four storey building of his own n still asking dowry.Shame shame.There should be anti dowry course for bachelors who is about to get married.

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  • Sir Lancelot, Manglore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Poor Tragedy... same ex CM story.

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