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Court upholds life term for man who drowned 3 children

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court upheld the life imprisonment awarded to a man who drowned his three children and attempted to commit suicide himself before he was arrested.

Bhaskar was living with his parents, wife and three children at Sunguvarchathiram in Tiruvallur district. Owing to space constraints he proposed to move to a separate house with his wife and children. His wife opposed the idea but Bhaskar rented a room. According to the prosecution, this sparked tension in the family as his wife suspected him of having extra-marital relationships.

A frustrated Bhaskar took his children to a village pond at Irayankulam on October 9, 1995 and drowned Brinda, Harinath and Swetha one after the other. He returned to his village to buy a rope to hang himself. There he saw his father and friend searching for the children. He told them what had happened. They rushed to the pond only to recover the bodies.

The Mappedu village administrative officer rushed to the house of the accused. Bhaskar, who was in the house at the time, gave a confessional statement to the official.

The Principal Sessions Judge of Chengalpattu district found him guilty of murder and awarded him life imprisonment on June 19, 2000. Confirming the sentence, a Division Bench comprising Justice N. Dhinakar and Justice M. Chockalingam ruled that the trial court was "perfectly correct in accepting the evidence of the VAO as it inspired the confidence of the court."

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