Panvel resident Nitin Shah, who killed his two young children on Sunday and tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrists, has told the police that he lost the courage to kill himself after he strangled his children to death, and left the spot.
He returned after a long while and finally gathered courage and slit his wrists, the police said.
Shah, a resident of Maruti Aparment in Lokmanaya Nagar, Panvel, worked in a cloth merchant's shop.
"On Sunday, the market was closed due to Bal Thackeray's demise. I Ieft the house around 9.30, I came to Kalyan station and from there I boarded the Kalyan-Nashik bus with my children and got off at Igatpuri. From there, we reached Kasara ghats, before which I bought vada pav," Shah said to the police.
"My children ate it and slept. When they were in deep sleep, I strangulated them one by one. But after that I did not have the courage to end my life, so I left the spot and came to Kasara station, from where I went to Borivli, then Panvel, waited at Kalyan and then returned to the ghats and tried to kill myself," he added.
Shah is currently at JJ hospital and is likely to be arrested after two to three days. A case of murder has been registered against at Kasara police station.
Shah said he was frustrated with his life.
"My wife suffers from psychological problems since seven years, she got violent. I have been thinking of killing myself since three years and I was concerned about what would happen to my children so I decided to kill them too," he said.
But police said relatives and neighbours said Shah used to be suspicious about his wife's character and they would frequently fight.
The ATM card from the Jan Kalyan Co-operative bank's Panvel branch gave the police their major breakthrough in the Kasara twin murder case, said investigation officer BV Waghunde.