A minor altercation over changing the gas cylinder allegedly led a homemaker to push her children from her building. After flinging them down, Sunita Yadav (28) too jumped. Her eldest daughter Tisha (4) died and the others are critical.
Loud screams followed by four consecutive loud thuds roused the residents of Sita Smruti building in Mira Road’s Lodha Complex on Thursday at 7 am. Curious, they stepped out of their homes to find fourth-floor resident Sunita and her three children lying motionless on the concrete.
While Sunita and year-old Abhishek are battling for their lives at Nanavati hospital, three-year-old Nisha, who too is critical, was admitted to Orbit Hospital in Mira Road.
Tisha, was declared dead on arrival by Nanavati hospital.
On Wednesday, Sunita had a heated argument with her mother-in-law over changing the gas cylinder, the police said. “They had a big fight,” said Sub-Inspector Rajendra Bhosle. And the situation got worse at night after Sunita’s husband Shiv Prasad, a real estate agent, returned from work.
He allegedly rebuked her for fighting with his parents. Upset, Sunita took her three children into the bedroom and locked the door, the police said.
The police said that Sunita first pushed her children from the window and then jumped herself. “I saw the woman standing near the window in the morning looking down. I thought that she might have dropped something,” said Cheddilal Rajbhar (47), who owns a grocery shop in the opposite building. “A few minutes later, I was shocked to find the woman and three children lying on the concrete.”
Prahlad Singh, a security guard of a neighbouring building, said: “I heard loud screams as I was in a nearby stall and rushed to see what happened.”
While the family was unavailable for comment, their neighbour Nasneen Altaf said the Yadavs kept to themselves. The residents claim that Sunita and the children may have jumped from the terrace and not from the window as it has grilles. The terrace was unlocked due to renovation work, they added.
The Santacruz police have file a case of accidental death. The case was transferred to Mira Road police station later.