The decomposed bodies of two siblings, aged 5 and 3, were found at a house in Gill Colony in the Daba area of Ludhiana late on Friday evening.
The bodies were covered with quilts. The police suspect the role of their mother behind the killings as she is missing since yesterday. The deceased were identified as Liza and Akshara. Their father, Jagtar Singh, who is a driver, had gone to Jalandhar for the past two days.
The bodies were spotted by a cousin of the deceased, Stephen, when he visited their house on Friday, the police said. He noticed foul smell emanating from a room and when he removed the quilts, he was shocked to see the decomposed bodies. He raised the alarm and informed the police.
The neighbours said they had not seen the children’s mother Manjinder Kaur, alias Jyoti, since Thursday afternoon.
Station house officer, Daba, inspector Vinod Kumar said that according to neighbours, Manjinder was suffering from some mental ailment and was undergoing treatment.
It is suspected that Manjinder killed her daughters by poisoning them and fled after dumping their bodies under the quilts, he said. The SHO said they were waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death.
The police have informed their father and have launched a hunt to nab their mother.