Pune: In a case of suspected suicide, a software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in the city’s Baner-Pashan area, police said on Friday.The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their apartment. While there were vrope marks on the necks of the husband and wife, the child appears to have been administered poison, said the Chaturshringi police.Alerted by neighboursPatel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, their house was apparently locked from inside for the past couple of days. “When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late Thursday evening. The Patels apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the bodies of all three,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step, and also the time of the deaths,” said the officer.The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on. Suicide spree in city The Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune city in the last 48 hours. On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area. In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday equated his party’s gathbandhan (alliance) with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh to a “trial” that didn’t succeed and declared that the “path in politics” was “open” for his party.“It’s fine, trials happen. Sometimes you don’t succeed. But at least you come to know of the weaknesses,” he told reporters at an Eid-ul-Fitr event in Lucknow.Mr.Yadav said if his party was contesting the coming bypolls alone, he would discuss that with his colleagues and chart out a strategy that would also bring the “Samajwadi people” to power in 2022.“As far as the question of alliance and contesting alone goes, now the path in politics is open,” he said.The SP chief, however, kept the window for compromise open, just like BSP chief Mayawati did a day earlier by praising him and his wife Dimple Yadav personally and asserting that their personal relationship would never end despite the “political compulsions” of putting the political alliance on hold.Mr. Yadav said, “I can assure you what is said for honourable Mayawatiji on the first day, in the first press conference, that her honour will be my honour, even today I say the same thing.”Mayawati’s announcementOn Tuesday, Ms. Mayawati stumped everyone by announcing that she would go it alone in the bypolls coming up in the State after 11 Assembly seats were vacated following the entry of the sitting MLAs to the Lok Sabha. Ms. Mayawati claimed that the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the alliance’s prospects and issued an ultimatum to the SP chief to train his workers to be “missionary” like the BSP cadre, for a revival of the alliance. She also said“there is no breakup of the alliance yet.”
Yuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli during a practice session in Bangalore on Monday.An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash when it takes on a grossly mismatched New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match rubber in Bangalore on Tuesday.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries’ bilateral ODI history which dates back to 1975-76.The Indian team’s exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side’s World Cup aspirations. Young players such as Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.As for Tuesday’s match, the Indian players are an upbeat lot.Despite not being at full strength, the Indians have proved themselves better on all counts against a short-of-confidence New Zealand, who came here after being hammered 0-4 by minnows Bangladesh.The Indian line-up has not exactly missed dashing Virender Sehwag or the reliable Sachin Tendulkar as the likes Virat Kohli have stepped up effortlessly against a rather ineffective Kiwi attack.Kohli, who has been in good nick on the domestic circuit, has been solid so far along with Murali Vijay. The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the tweakers.advertisementYoung off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump.The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them a cracking start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can capitalise from there on.Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and onechange pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori, but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman’s delight.- With PTI inputs