Upset AIDS patient kills wife, sons in Hyderabad
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Upset AIDS patient kills wife, sons in Hyderabad

Madhava Rao of Hyderabad first killed his wife and then murdered his sons before consuming pesticide.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2004 19:19 IST

A distraught AIDS patient smashed his wife's head with a stone and smothered his two young sons to death before attempting suicide in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The shocking incident is believed to have occurred early on Thursday at his house in Ramchandrapuram on the city's outskirts.

Madhava Rao, 35, a factory worker, first killed his wife Shanta and then murdered seven-year-old Ajay and one-year-old Vijay when they were asleep before consuming pesticide.

Rao is now battling for life in a hospital.

The tragedy came to light Thursday when the house owner, Lakshmi, knocked on the door but got no response. She peeped through the kitchen to see the woman lying in a pool of blood.

Probably with the same blood, Rao had scribbled the word AIDS in Telugu on a wall before attempting suicide.

According to police officials, Rao left behind a note saying that he was killing the wife and children and committing suicide as they were all suffering from AIDS.

He wrote that nobody was responsible for their deaths and advised police not to investigate.

A native of East Godavari district, Rao had come to Hyderabad five years ago. His relatives have no idea as to how he and other family members contracted AIDS.

First Published: Feb 27, 2004 13:25 IST