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NRI mother arrested after daughters found killed

Rekha Kumari-Baker was taken into custody Wednesday after her daughters were found stabbed to death at their home in Britain.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2007 13:29 IST

A divorced British Indian woman has been arrested after her two teenaged daughters were found brutally murdered.

Rekha Kumari-Baker, 39, was taken into custody Wednesday after Jasmine, 13, and Davina, 16, were found stabbed to death at their home in Cambridgeshire village of Stretham.

The tragedy was discovered after Rekha telephoned a neighbour Wednesday morning. The neighbour, in turn, alerted the police. She was arrested from the scene, and the police confirmed they were not looking for anyone else over the killing.

Police said they were not sure how the girls died but suspect both youngsters died of stab wounds.

"The bodies of the girls were found and a woman aged 39 was arrested at the house on suspicion of murder," detective superintendent Jeff Hill said.

"The cause of death is still being investigated and a post mortem on the bodies of the two girls still has to take place.

"Forensic teams are working painstakingly to find out as much as they can, but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident," Hill said.

Rekha divorced the girls' father, an IT executive, three years ago. It is believed that her relationship with a long-term boyfriend recently ended.

Detectives have reportedly questioned Rekha over the deaths. After her divorce she was living with Jasmine, the Daily Mail reported.

Davina, who was due to take her first GCSE Wednesday, had been living with Rekha's ex-husband in Cambridge but was a regular visitor to the house in Stretham.

Rekha's neighbour Abraham Narimissa, 67, said the death of the two girls was "a tragedy beyond belief".

"It is incredible that they died like this in a sleepy little village. I just can't believe it and I feel very sorry for her and her family. What has happened makes me feel sick," he added.