Additional superintendent of police (Pune rural) Anand Bhoite told TOI, “We have recovered a note, purportedly written by the deceased veterinarian, stating that he has killed his wife thrown his two children into a well as he did not want them to suffer after ending his life out of frustration. We have recovered the girl’s body and efforts are on to recover the mortal remains of the boy from the well, too. The couple’s relatives told us that they often had differences over petty issues.”
The Yavat police identified the veterinarian as Atul Divekar of Chaitali Park society in Varvand. “Divekar used a string to fatally strangle his wife, Pallavi, a teacher with a local private school. Her body was lying on the floor in their flat, while Divekar was found hanging from the ceiling in the bedroom,” said sub-inspector Sanjay Nagargoje of the Yavat police.
Nagargoje added that the body of Divekar’s daughter Vedika was recovered late on Tuesday night. “The well is full of water. We are taking help to recover the body of Divekar’s son, Advait,” he said.
The incident came to light on Tuesday afternoon, when the Divekars’ neighbours found that there was no movement in their home since morning. They had not seen or heard the children at all. The residents then informed a police patil, who in turn alerted a police team. “We broke open the door and found the couple dead in the house,” Nagargoje said, adding that the suicide note was on the bed in the bedroom.
“The note stated that Divekar had strangled his wife to death over personal issues and thrown his children into the well in Jagtap Mala. He said he was also ending his life. He said only he and no one else was responsible for the deaths,” said the additional SP.
The officer said a team was immediatey dispatched to extract the children from the well.