In a disturbing incident, a Hindu man in Mangaluru of Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka ended his life after killing his wife and two children, leaving behind a death note that said he was doing this to prevent his family from getting converted to Islam.
Police have identified the members of the Hindu family as Nagesh Sheriguppi, 30, his wife Vijayalakshmi, 26, daughter Sapna, 8, and son Samarth, 4. The cops say Nagesh had poisoned fried rice, which his wife and children consumed and died. He allegedly hanged himself at his house after ensuring they were dead.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner N Shashikumar said on 8 December that Viayalakshmi worked at the house of a Muslim woman called Noor Jahan and had close connection with her. In the death note, the Hindu man mentioned that Noor Jahan was trying to convert Vijayalakshmi.
The neighbours told the police that Nagesh asked Vijayalakshmi not to work there and stay back at home and assaulted her for the same reason. The relatives of the family have not come forward to lodge a complaint. The police have taken a suo motu cognisance of the case that they see as abetment of suicide, the commissioner told reporters.
Nagesh had earlier lodged a missing complaint of his wife and children. After a few days, his wife approached a women’s police station and told the police she was staying at her relatives’ place as her husband was harassing her. She said she was willing to live with him, provided he did not harass her any more. Nagesh had apologised and taken them back home.
Police sources said that Noor Jahan had been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the case.
Nagesh, originally from Bilagi village in Bagalkot district, had settled in Mangaluru many years ago. He worked as a driver and his wife worked as a security guard. Further investigations into the case are on.