In what came as an addition to the mystery surrounding the recovery of four bodies from an open well in Telangana’s Warangal Rural district, five more bodies were retrieved from the same spot on Friday (May 22).
The well is situated beside a cold storage unit in Gorrekunta village of Warangal Rural district.
A 48-year old man — who worked at a gunny-bag stitching unit — and three other members of his family, which included his wife, daughter, and three-year-old grandson, were found dead in the well on May 21.
Police said the five bodies recovered on May 22 from the same well included two of the 48-year-old man’s sons.
“The bodies of six members of the family, a friend, and two other men were retrieved from the well,” Warangal Police Commissioner V Ravinder said.
“Bodies of the head of the family, wife, daughter, and grandson were found floating and fished out on Thursday. On Friday morning, some bodies were seen floating following which police pumped out the water from the well and found others,” he said.
Though police, citing preliminary investigation, had earlier said they suspected it to be a case of suicide, after the recovery of other bodies, they said there were no external injuries in all the nine and the cause of death would be known only after post-mortem.
In the absence of visible injuries, police hope to proceed further after the cause of death is known in the post mortem report.
Ruling out a suicide pact, The Indian Express quoted ACP Shyam Sundar as saying, “If it was a suicide pact, only the family of six would have committed suicide but there are three other bodies. We are investigating several angles.”
The head of the family had asked his friend, who works elsewhere, to come to the gunny bag unit saying there was more work. Two men from Bihar, who also work there, stay at the same place, sources said.
A case under Section 174 of CrPC (police to enquire and report on suicide etc) has been registered and it would be altered, if need be, as per further investigation, they said.
The 48-year old man had migrated from West Bengal over 20 years ago and had settled down here. His family had been staying in two rooms on the premises of the unit, police sources said.