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Man Pushes Ailing Wife and Mentally-Ill Daughter into River

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In a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves through the Umargam community in Gujarat, a 45-year-old man identified as Vijay Pandey stands accused of killing his ailing wife and mentally-ill daughter. The tragedy unfolded on a fateful Wednesday afternoon when Pandey allegedly pushed them into the Varoli river near Humran village. Local authorities initially treated the case as an accidental death, only to later change the charges to murder after a detailed interrogation of the accused.

Desperation Behind the Act

During the investigation, Vijay Pandey reportedly confessed to his heinous crime, revealing a tale of despair and frustration. Pandey, burdened by the responsibility of caring for his wife, who suffered from epilepsy, and his mentally-ill daughter, expressed feeling overwhelmed. The breaking point, he claimed, led him to a drastic decision – to end their lives and his own.

The Tragic Sequence of Events

The sequence of events leading to this heart-wrenching incident started innocently enough when Pandey took his family to a Shiva temple. However, the outing took a dark turn when he led them to a bridge over the Varoli river. It was here that Pandey allegedly pushed his wife, Gayatridevi (40), and daughter, Gauri (11), into the water before jumping in after them. Fortunately for Pandey, he managed to cling to a pillar under the bridge, ultimately surviving the ordeal.

Rescue by Locals

The shocking scene did not go unnoticed, as locals discovered Vijay Pandey clinging to the bridge’s pillar. Swift action by residents ensured his rescue, preventing a tragic end to his life as well. Meanwhile, the bodies of Gayatridevi and Gauri were recovered by local swimmers, marking the grim aftermath of this disturbing incident.

From Accidental Death to Murder Charges

Initially registered as a case of accidental death, the authorities shifted gears after Vijay Pandey’s confession. Subsequent to his arrest on Thursday, the police altered the charges to murder, citing the motive behind the crime. The case has opened a window into the struggles faced by individuals dealing with the complexities of caring for family members with severe health issues.

Community in Shock

The Umargam community is grappling with the shock and disbelief of this tragic event. Such incidents bring to light the urgent need for increased awareness and support systems for individuals facing the immense challenges of caregiving, particularly when dealing with the health complexities of their loved ones.

Investigation Continues

As the community mourns the loss of Gayatridevi and Gauri, the police investigation is ongoing. Authorities are likely to delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding the incident to ensure justice is served and to understand the broader implications of mental health and caregiving challenges within society.

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