A pair of three-year-old twins drowned in a washing machine at their home after their mother left them playing as she stepped out briefly to purchase washing powder from a nearby shop in India on Saturday, police said.
According to Indian news agency IANS, police said the tragedy was reported at 12:30 pm at upscale Avantika Apartment in sector-1 Rohini. Rakhi, alone at home, was making preparations to wash clothes while her sons Naksh and Neeshu were playing around her.
“Rakhi, a house wife, told police that she went to buy a washing powder to nearby market leaving them playing alone in home. When she returned at 12.30 pm she did not find her sons inside the house. She started searching them outside the house while one of neighbours called their father and police about the missing infants,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, M.N Tiwari.
“The father Ravinder, employed as manager in Kotak Mahindra life insurance company, immediately returned home and started searching for them. He later found them inside the washing machine filled with 12 to 15 litres water.
“Ravinder immediately took them to a nearby family hospital where doctors have declared them dead. He could not believe them and took them to Jaipur Golden Hospital where doctors have too declared them dead,” he added.
The police officers found the machine had around 15 litres water but failed to ascertain how the twins fell inside, police said.
“The family is in deep shock over this unfortunate incident and hardly talking to anyone. No one is suspecting any foul play in the incident,” Tiwari said, adding that the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem examination.
Story first published: 26th February 2017