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5 from family found dead in Bhiwandi river

The dead bodies of a woman and her four children were found floating in Kamwari river in Pundas village in Bhiwandi on Tuesday.

mumbai Updated: Apr 11, 2012 01:31 IST
Megha Pol

The dead bodies of a woman and her four children were found floating in Kamwari river in Pundas village in Bhiwandi on Tuesday.

Kanta Kene, 37, had gone to the river to wash clothes and utensils with her four children — Deepali, 14, Sagar, 12, Mayuri, 9, and Sahil, 6, — at 4.30pm on Monday. “The children had directly proceeded to the river from their school. On returning home from work, their father Naresh found that the door was locked. Assuming that they must have gone out, he went to attend a religious gathering. When the family didn’t return till late in the evening, he alerted the neighbours. They started looking for his wife and children in the village,” said Shyamsunder Chaudhari, senior police inspector, Ganesh Puri police station.

After searching at all spots in the village, a police complaint was lodged.

“Village headman Suresh Patil found the bodies floating in the river. Prima facie evidence indicates that they drowned in the river. Sahil’s clothes were found at the riverbank. We suspect that he must have jumped in to swim and the others must have jumped in to save him,” he said.

The villagers, however, suspect foul play. They alleged that the security guards stationed near the river must have been involved in the death.

The land alongside the river has been reserved for rehabilitation of people affected in the Koyna dam project. The property owners had stationed security guards to keep encroachers at bay.

Srinivad Ghadge, deputy superintendent of police, said, “We cannot say if there was any foul play so early. We have sent the bodies for post mortem. Further action will be taken after we get the reports. We may even call the security guards for inquiry.”

An accidental death report has been filed in the case.

'Why would 4 of them jump into the river'
While the police believe that the deaths of five from the Kene family was an accident, the family members and villagers are not convinced.

Dattatray Kene, cousin of Naresh Kene who lost his family members, said, “The police claim that one of the four children must have jumped into the river and the others must have tried to save him. This seems ridiculous. Their mother would have sent at least one of them to fetch someone from the village? Why would all four of them jump at once?”

Pandus village is 13 kilometre (km) from Bhiwandi while the Kamwari River is 2km away from the village. As the area is deserted, the woman’s screams must have gone unheard, said the police.

Kene said that the family is suspecting that the girls were sexually abused. “There were injury marks on the bodies of the girls,” he said

Shyamsunder Chaudhari, senior police inspector, Ganesh Puri police station, said, “Prima facie, it does not seem that the girls were raped or killed.”