According to SP Anand Bhate, the seven dead bodies were found in the Bhima River in Pune’s Daund.
Police said they are investigating the case from various angles including a suicide pact. The deceased included a couple in their 40s, their daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
What happened: Four bodies were found between January 18 and January 22 while three bodies were found on Tuesday near Pargon bridge on the Bheema river on the outskirts of Yavat village in Daund tehsil, around 45 km away from Pune city.
The deceased are identified as Mohan Pawar (45), his wife Sangita Mohan (40), their daughter, Rani Fulware (24), son-in-law Shyam Fulware (28), and their three children aged between three and seven years. The bodies were found 200 to 300 meters away from each other in the Bheema River bed, he said.
What led to the deaths: According to the initial probe, one of the family members (still alive) had a relationship with a married woman relative. Fearing social stigma, the family wanted him to break ties with her, reported India Today.
However, the man eloped and never returned. The locals believe the family died by suicide to avoid humiliation. Postmortem report: The postmortem of four bodies was performed which identified drowning as the cause of the death. “There are no injuries on the bodies. A case of accidental death has been registered. We are investigating from all angles including a suicide pact,” the police officer said.
Though there has been no occult angle found for the suicides in Pune, the death of seven members of a family points towards a suicide pact, and police have also not ruled it out.