A 30-year-old woman killed three of her children by throwing them into a water tank and later committed suicide by jumping into the same tank at Sevron Ki Basti village in Barmer.
The incident took place on Monday under Bijrad police station limits. Station house officer Raj Deependra said Gairon Devi, wife of Likhmaram Jat, killed her children Prakash, 9, Dinesh, 3 and Kavita, 7, and took her life when she was alone at her home.
Police said Devi’s husband Likhmaram Jat works in Gujarat and was returning to the village when Devi took her life. Police suspect an altercation on phone between the couple on Sunday might have forced Devi to take the step.
Villagers informed the police who recovered the bodies and informed family members of the deceased. After completion of autopsy on Tuesday, police handed over the bodies to the family members for last rites and have started probe into the case.