BJP leader Shashank Tiwari allegedly murdered his wife, two children and their two pet dogs before shooting himself in their house in Madhya Pradesh’s Katni district.
The bloodbath was discovered at around 9 am on Saturday by a domestic help who found the two dogs, one of them a German shepherd, lying in a pool of blood near a gate of the house. The bodies of all four family members were found in separate rooms of the sprawling estate.
According to Katni superintendent of police Gaurav Rajput, prima facie evidence suggested Tiwari used his licensed revolver to shoot his wife Mini, 12-year-old daughter Chahat and 8-year-old son Avi before turning the gun on himself late on Friday night.
Mounting debt was reportedly the trigger for the murder-cum-suicide. A suicide note purportedly written by 45-year-old Tiwari was recovered from scene of the incident at the family’s house — spread over one-acre land around a kilometre from the Bahoriband police station. Two guns possibly used in the attack were also seized from the spot, said Rajput.
Police investigation revealed that Tiwari was going through a serious financial crisis at the time of the incident. He was recently slapped with a notice by Bhopal police over a bounced cheque and another notice from Indore police was expected in a few days, Rajput told HT over the phone.
Tiwari had moved to Katni from Bhopal only a few months earlier. He owned a petrol station in Katni, which incidentally was slated to open after several year of remaining closed on Sunday.
In the suicide note addressed to the Katni superintendent of police, Tiwari allegedly took full responsibility for the act and said no one else should be blamed. Further, it said the family’s property should not be sold and the entire family be cremated near the Shani Temple, a short distance from the house.
Shashank Tiwari, who was a Congress member till a few years ago, contested from the Bahoriband assembly segment as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 2013.
Later, inspired by Congress MLA from Vijayraghavgarh Sanjay Pathak’s defection to the ruling BJP, Tiwari jumped ship to the saffron party in early 2014. Till a few years ago, he lived in Bhopal, but shifted back to Bahoriband and lived in the house with his wife and two children.