Udupi, Oct 26: A woman who consumed a sliced papaya without knowing that it was laced with rat poison lost her life on October 24 at Kudi village in Udupi taluk.
The victim has been identified as Shreemathi (43), wife of Vaman Naik.
Vaman Naik runs a cashew factory behind his residence at Devaragunda in Kudui.
The cashew factory is infested with rats. To control the menace of rodents, the family used to keep papaya pieces laced with rat poison at different places.
On October 19, as usual, papaya fruit pieces mixed with rat poison had been kept in the house. Shreemathi, by oversight, consumed the poisoned papaya pieces at around 1.30 pm on October 19.
On October 20, she complained of extreme pain in the stomach. Her daughter Vidyashree (18) who came home at 8 pm that day, took her mother along with father to a private hospital and got her admitted there.
Without responding to treatment, Shreemathi breathed her last on October 24. On the basis of a report filed by Vidyashree, Hiriadka police have registered a case of unnatural death and undertaken probe.