A man killed his three daughters aged between 2 to 9 years due to financial crisis and threw their bodies into a canal near Mangrol village in Jalalpor tehsil of Navsari district on Saturday, police said.
Sanjay Dubey, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and lives in Pandesara area, strangulated his three daughters.
He then threw the bodies into a canal off Ubhrat-Maroli road near Mangrol, said inspector Mahendra Kher.
The victims were identified as Akanskha (9), Priya (7) and the youngest Bhavna (2), Kher said, adding the police had arrested Dubey under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) on the basis of a complaint by Dubey's younger brother Dhananjay.
Dubey told the police that his financial situation had become difficult, and he wanted a son instead of three daughters, which led him to commit the gruesome act.
On Friday evening, he told his wife that he was taking the girls out for a fun-fair and shopping in the city. When they did not return till late, she approached the police.
The sarpanch of Mangrol spotted the bodies and alerted the police who fished them out. Bodies has been sent for autopsy and further probe is on, Kher said.