In a suspected case of multiple murders and suicide, four members of a family were found dead at their house in Kottarakraa in Kollam district of Kerala on Monday.
The victims have been identified as Rajendran (55), his wife Anitha (50), son Aditya Raj (24) and daughter Amrita Raj (21).
Rajendran was found hanging and his wife and children were found hacked to death.
A police team soon arrived and cordoned off the house and a team of forensic experts also started their work, officials said.
Joseph Leon, the Station House Officer, Kottarakkara, told TNM that the man who suspected to be died of suicide was believed to be living with a mental illness.
“He was under treatment four years ago. The motive behind the crime is not known yet,” he said, adding that more details will come to light only after investigation.
Rajendran, who was 55 years old, worked as an auto driver in Kottarakara. “There is no survivor from the crime scene. Hence, a detailed enquiry is needed,” officer Joseph Leon added.