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Police suspect realtor killed children with insulin shots

Police suspect that the two children who were found dead in an apartment in Virugambakkam on Monday might have been injected with insulin by their father, a realtor. The cause of death, however, can be confirmed only after the father regains consciousness, police said.

The children, aged eight and six, were found dead in the third floor of their apartment on Arcot Road while their father M. Chandrasekar was found unconscious. As there was no response to phone calls, his father Mohan Ram, a retired medical practitioner, and a few other family friends rushed to the home and found the door bolted from inside.

On information, the Virugambakkam police rushed to the spot and broke open the door. Mr. Chandrasekar was admitted to a private hospital and the bodies of the children were sent for post-mortem.

Hinted at suicide: police

A senior police officer said, “Preliminary investigation has revealed that the children died due to administration of a lethal injection of insulin. In a day or two, the post-mortem report may reveal the real cause of death. Mr. Chandrasekar is in coma. He was keeping aloof from friends and other relatives for sometime and telling his friends that he along with his children would commit suicide.”

Mr. Chandrasekar was running a gym initially and then entered the construction business. He was arrested on charges of dowry harassment and abetment of suicide after his wife took her life.

People in need of counselling can contact the State Health Department’s round-the-clock helpline – 104. Sneha suicide prevention centre can be contacted at 044-24640050.