KAJANG: A woman and her two daughters have been found dead inside their house.
There were no signs of a break-in. The women identified only as Kumariswari, 63, and her daughters ‑ K. Sathadevi, 44, and Revati, 43 ‑ were found in the living room, bathroom and a bedroom in their Taman Tasik Kesuma house in Beranang yesterday.
“There were no bloodstains in the house, no injuries on the bodies and no signs of a break-in,” said Kajang police chief Asst Comm Shakaruddin Che Mod. “We believe that they might have consumed some kind of liquid,” he said. Police, who have not ruled out suicide, believe they had been dead for at least a week.
They received a call from the women’s neighbour who felt something amiss when they did not respond to calls. When police arrived, their door was locked frominside. They waited for Kumariswari’s daughter-in-law K. Vasugi, who lives in Mantin, to arrive and open the door. The police forensic team has taken an empty milk tin back to its lab. ACP Shakaruddin said a background check revealed that the women had been staying in the rented house for the past two months.
He said that two of them possibly suffered from mental health problems. The bodies have been sent to Serdang Hospital. Neighbour Ling Wan, 67, said Kumariswari used to come out to buy food but he had not seen her for the past month. “They were not friendly. They hardly talked to the people around here,” he said. He and another neighbour knocked on the door when they felt something amiss. When there was no response, they peeped through a window.
“We saw flies around the house. There was a stench,” he said, adding that they immediately alerted the police.
Another neighbour, who declined to be named, claimed that Kumariswari had told her more than a week ago that her daughters had not eaten for five days. She said Kumariswari sought her help to call her son but the number she gave was not reachable. “I did not see her after that. I did not suspect anything as I saw that their lights were on. Sometimes, I even heard noises from their house,” she said. Vasugi said she last visited Kumariswari in March and that they hardly kept in touch. Her husband K. Siva, 45, is an engineer in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. “I have contacted my husband. He will return as soon as possible,” she said.