A 23-year-old woman in Maharashtra's Raigad district has confessed to poisoning food during a family function which killed five people. Nearly 120 people had fallen sick after eating the contaminated food at the function earlier this week.
Prandya alias Jyoti Suresh Surwase told the police that she took the step committed as she was fed up with constant taunts from the family and relatives over her complexion and her lack of cooking skills. The woman said she wanted to kill her husband and in-laws by mixing a powder used to kill snakes in the food prepared to be served during a house-warming party hosted by one of her relatives - Subhash Mane in Mahad village of Khalapur tehsil on June 18.
Anil Paraskar, Superintendent of Police, Raigad said four children aged between 7 to 13 and a 53-year-old man died after consuming the poisoned food. The dead included two of her relatives.
Surwase, who was married two years ago, was always taunted by her family members and other relatives about her dark complexion and her lack of cooking skills, police said.
Holding a grudge, she decided to kill everybody in the family by mixing insecticide in the food, cops added.
Khalapur police had sent food samples for testing at the forensic science laboratory which established the presence of insecticide. Surwase was booked for murder and other relevant offences under the IPC, police added.
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(With inputs from agencies)