Confusion reigned supreme amongst Bengaluru police personnel after a man who fell into a well along with his three kids near Kenchappanakere in Yelahanka, north-east Bengaluru, swam to safety and informed the cops that the children had perished in the accident.
In what seemed like a concocted story, the 40-year-old man Thimmaraju, who is a resident of Ananthapura Gate, said that the motorbike in which he was returning home along with his three children after witnessing an Aero India show at 1.30 pm on Saturday, skidded into an open well.
Thimmaraju, who is a scrap dealer by profession, claimed that he was unable to rescue his three children and with great difficulty had saved himself by swimming out of the well in the nick of time, reports The Times Of India.
He directly went to the Yelahanka New Town Police Station to report the matter following which he was interrogated till late.
Meanwhile, Thimmaraju's wife Vangeshwari accused her husband of intentionally pushing the three children- two sons and a daughter - into the well following a marital dispute that was persisting among the couple for quite some time now.
The police informed that the bodies of Gokarna (12) and Venkatesha (10) were fished out from the well. However eight-year-old Kavitha's body is yet to be recovered.
Suspecting foul play after hearing the allegations of Thimmaraju's wife, the police said that it would take the 40-year-old man to the spot in order to learn about the sequence of events on the basis of which a murder case against him would be registered.
"As a father, he could have saved his children but after hearing his wife's version of marital discord, we suspect foul play. He came directly to the police station and reported the matter. There was no remorse or grief. This raises suspicion that he may have pushed the kids to their death," police said.