In a shocking incident, a 52-year-old man from Baramati allegedly poisoned five members of his family and a driver on July 27 by telling them to consume a ‘liquid prasad’, saying that it had been blessed by a godman.
According to a Times of India report, his son died after drinking the liquid, whereas five others were admitted to a government hospital in Satara. The accused, identified as Vishnu Chavan, reportedly gave a bottle of the liquid to his family members and told them to drink it only after taking ‘darshan’ of goddess Kaleshwari at Mandhardevi in Wai taluka.
“Chavan did not accompany his family members to the temple. He asked them to drink the liquid after the darshan, wait for an hour at the temple and return home. He had told them that drinking the liquid would free them of all their problems,” said the police, according to the TOI report.
Chavan is a contractor who had constructed some houses in Baramati. But, he had been running losses since the last six months. The police said that he revealed that he decided to eliminate his family and was planning to take his own life.
The police will investigate the case in details after seeking his custody from the court. His family members, along with the driver, went to the temple in a private vehicle. They drank the liquid as told by Chavan.
On their way back, Chavan’s son Swapnil (25) began feeling uneasy and asked the driver to take him to a nearby hospital. After sometime, all of them started feeling uneasy. The driver took them to the government hospital in Wai, where Swapnil was declared brought dead.
Later, the driver also complained of uneasiness following which all of them were taken to the government hospital in Satara.
Apart from Swapnil, the victims have been identified as Chavan’s mother Muktabai (68), wife Sunita (45), daughters Pratiksha (21) and Trupti (16), and the driver, Bhimsen Jadhav.
The family members in their statement to the police said that they had not eaten anything before consuming the liquid as Chavan had told them to observe a fast.