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Man offers poison-laced drink to family; three dead

Press Trust of India  |  Rewa (MP) 

A 45-year-old man allegedly gave poison-laced soft drink to his family leading to his, his wife's and their son's death, district police said Saturday.

The incident took place at Ghuma Katra village.

allegedly mixed some poisonous substance in a bottle of soft drink and offered it to other members of the family last night, said Ram Singh Kanjar, in- charge of station.

"Prajapati offered soft drink to four members of his family. The incident came to light when the surviving members, suffering excruciating pain, called neighbors around 1 am today," the said.

Prajapati, who ran a brick kiln business, died on the spot while his wife (38) died at a local public health center. Their 12-year-old son died at a hospital in Rewa, Kanjar said.

The couple's another son (10) and daughter (15) were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The daughter told police that Prajapati crushed some substance with a grinding stone before adding it to the soft drink.

He then offered the drink to others, saying the substance which he had added was good for health.

Asked if indebtedness or other financial trouble was the reason behind his apparent attempt to kill himself and others, Kanjar said, "It is a matter of investigation.

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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 20:15 IST