A young Indian family, including two children aged five and three, was found dead in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The bodies of 36-year-old accountant Nilesh Sharma, his wife Pritika, and children Divesh and Divya were found on Tuesday morning in their home in the city suburb Glen Waverley.
The police made the shocking discovery after they received a call from a concerned relative asking for a ‘welfare check’ on the family. The investigating agencies are not reported to be looking for any suspect at this stage.
“The homicide squad has been notified and are attending with the Monash Criminal Investigation Unit,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman told media. “The circumstances of the deaths are under investigation,” she added.
According to media reports, Nilesh Sharma was found dead in the hallway while the other bodies were found in their bedrooms.
Abhay Singh, a family relative, has been quoted as saying that the couple did not have marital problems. “It’s a mystery,” he said. “I was devastated. I fell into pieces. It’s very sad,” he said, adding: “The kids were very amicable, well mannered, polite and well presented.”
Mr Singh said, “we are all devastated. Very shaken – a whole family is destroyed.”
Post-mortem examinations will take place on Wednesday to find out the reason behind the deaths of the family which had moved to Australia from Fiji a decade back.