The bodies of nine members of the same family have been found in a horrific discovery in India.
They were found in two houses in the town of Mhaisal, in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, reports the Times of India.
It’s believed the two properties were owned by a pair of brothers – Manik and Popat Yallapa Vhanmore – who lived with their families separately.
As well as the brothers, the bodies of Manik’s wife, mum and two kids were found, as were the bodies of Popat’s wife and two children.
Cops believe the deaths were the result of a mass suicide, with the nine family members poisoned by pesticides.
As concerned locals gathered near the houses, the authorities cordoned off the road and attempted to disperse the crowd.
Police officers including district superintendent Dixit Kumar Gedam, deputy superintendent Ashok Virkar and upper superintendent Manisha Dubule visited the two properties as their investigation got under way.
“Nine dead bodies have been recovered in Mhaisal village of Sangli district, out of which three bodies have been recovered from one house and six bodies from the other house,” said Supt Gedam.
“The forensic team is present on the spot.”
Manik, who was the elder of the two siblings, was a vet.
“The family did not socialise. However, they would always be there for everyone in tough times,” said neighbour Sanjay Patil, according to the Hindustan Times.
Another local, Mahesh Mali, said: “The tragedy that has befallen us can’t be expressed in words. The news is a big shock for every villager.”
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It’s not the first time in recent years that the town of Mhaisal, which has a population of 15,000, has been in the news.
In 2017, police investigating the death of a pregnant woman found 19 foetuses that had been dumped next to a stream.
The town is also the scene of regular droughts.
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