A family of four – a couple and their two children – were found dead in a luxury apartment building in Perungudi on Sunday.
Police suspect that the husband might have murdered wife and two children before ending life after a quarrel between the couple over mounting debt though no suicide note has been retrieved yet.
The man, identified as Manikandan, worked at a private firm in Ramapuram. He was married to 35-year-old Thara and the couple had two sons.
Police suspect that the 36-year-old man had hit his wife with a cricket bat in a fit of rage, and killed her. He then allegedly strangled his two kids, before hanging himself from a hook in the kitchen.
As per the neighbours’ statements, the couple used to quarrel often over the debts. Police believe that during one such argument, in a fit of rage Manikandan could have killed his wife and kids and hanged himself. Looking at the scene of the crime, the police said that Manikandan must have first murdered his wife and then strangled his two sons and lastly hanged himself.
The police said that Manikandan, whose parents passed away recently, hailed from Gobichettipalayam. He had come to Chennai from the US where he was working for two years.