rat poison

Mumbai, July 01: A 27-year-old man allegedly poisoned his three children by mixing rat poison in their ice cream in Mumbai’s Mankhurd area, police have said. A six-year-old boy has died while his two siblings are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

The incident took place on June 25, but it came to light when the boy died at the government-run Sion Hospital and the doctors informed the police.

Following a dispute with his wife Nazia Begum, the accused Ali Naushad Ansari took his three children — two boys and one girl — out, promising them ice cream. But, he allegedly gave them poison.

A case of murder and attempt to murder has been registered against Ansari, a daily wage worker who is a resident of Sathe Nagar in Mankhurd. However, Ansari has been absconding, a police official said.

In her statement to the police, Begum said that the couple used to fight often over money-related issues. On June 25, she left home and went to stay with her sister after yet another quarrel. Ansari then took the three children out for ice cream.

Later, when her kids started complaining of stomach pains, Nazia, who had returned home, took them to Sion Hospital, police said.

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Initially, Nazia lied to the doctors that the children consumed rat poison accidentally, but after her son died, she revealed the truth to the police.

Police have also recorded the statements of the two surviving kids who are recovering in the hospital, the official said.