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Indian-origin family of four found dead in Australia

Press Trust of India
May 01, 2012 at 06:06pm IST

Melbourne: An Indian-origin family of four, including two children, was found dead in Melbourne on Tuesday and Australian police are treating it as a murder-suicide case.

The bodies of Nilesh Sharma, 34, his wife Pritika, 32, five-year-old Divesh and three-year-old Divya were found at their Glen Waverley home in the city's eastern outskirts.

Nilesh, an accountant, was found in a hallway, the others in their bedrooms.

Indian-origin family of four found dead in Australia

Post-mortem examinations will be undertaken on Wednesday to confirm causes of death.

The Fijian-Indian family, which moved to Australia over a decade ago, had lived in Glen Waverley for at least two years and appeared to have been a normal, happy couple, Australian news agency AAP reported.

Police say the four deaths are being treated as a murder-suicide with officers stressing that no suspects are being sought.

"Everybody is devastated," said Abhay Singh, an uncle of the two deceased children.

Everyone had attended a family get-together on Saturday, he said, drinking, laughing, and socialising well into the night.

"They were a really lovely family, very reserved," Mr Singh said. "It is shattering," he said.

The children hadn't been seen at school for two days before worries for their well being turned into a phone call to the police to check up on them.

Singh recalled how the family was recovering well from a car crash last year.

Singh said the couple did not have marriage problems and he believed they died from a leaking gas tank. "It's a mystery," he said.

Post-mortem examinations will be undertaken on Wednesday to confirm causes of death.

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