Former Congress MP Sircilla Rajaiah, his wife and son were arrested on Thursday evening following their sustained grilling by police in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law and three grandsons at his residence on Wednesday.
“Rajaiah, his wife and son have been arrested and produced at the residence of a magistrate,” assistant commissioner of police (Hanamkonda Sub-Division) Shoban Kumar told PTI.
The charred bodies of S Sarika and her three children Abhinav (7), and twins Ayaan and Shriyaan (3) were recovered on Wednesday from the house of the former MP at Hanamkonda, Warangal.
Following a complaint by parents of S Sarika, a case was registered against the former parliamentarian, his wife Madhavi and son Anil Kumar at Subedari police station under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC, and under section 174 (suspicious death) of CrPC for the death of three boys.
The trio who were taken away by police from their house for questionning on Wednesday evening were quizzed again on Thursday and arrested based on the evidence gathered by police.
The ACP said the doctors conducted postmortem of S Sarika and Abhinav and Ayaan and Shriyaan at a government hospital on Thursday.
“The report has not been given yet and the FSL report is also awaited,” the senior police officer said.
The bodies were subsequently handed over to Sarika’s mother Lalitha and other family members who performed the last rites.
Warangal city police commissioner G Sudheer Babu had said that Rajaiah, Madhavi and Anil Kumar were among those present inside the house when the incident happened on the first floor of the two-storey building.
Meanwhile, Sarika’s mother and sister on Thursday reiterated their charge that Sarika’s in-laws were responsible for death of their daughter and grandsons and that it was “intentionally” done by the former MP and his family.
Sarika and Anil were classmates, had fallen in love during their engineering degree course, and got married in 2002.
Sarika, who quit her job as a software engineer in a multinational company, had earlier alleged that her husband was having an extra-marital affair, and had even staged a sit-in protest outside Rajaiah’s house.
In April 2014, a criminal case had been filed against Rajaiah, Madhavi, Anil Kumar and another woman at the Begumpet women’s police station here following a complaint lodged by Sarika, alleging that her husband and in-laws were harassing her.