Mangaluru, June 21: In a coldblooded filicide, a 45-year-old man pushed his wife and three children into a well and jumped into it today at Hosakavery near Kinnigoli on the outskirts of the city.
Local flower vendor Muhammad Nasir, who heard the screams of the family from the well, immediately entered the well and tried to rescue the children and their parents.
Meanwhile, more number of locals and fire fighters reached the spot and joined the rescue operation.
While the parents survived, the children breathed their last without responding to emergency treatment in the hospital.
The deceased are Rashmitha (13), a Class 8 student, Uday (11), a Class 6 student and Dakshith (4), who was an Anganwadi student.
Their mother Laxmi (38) and the accused father Hithesh shettigar are survivors.
The accused was working in the canteen of MRPL in the past. Recently he had quit the job and started a small-time business after borrowing loan from a bank. He was reportedly facing financial crisis.
The jurisdictional Mulki police arrested the accused and booked a case of murder against him.