The first body was found on January 18, while three more were recovered on three successive days from January 20. The last three bodies were recovered on Tuesday.
Police found after a preliminary probe that all seven were members of one family and suspect it to be a case of a mass suicide. Police said they are also investigating if there was any foul play behind these deaths.
The relatives have claimed that all seven members of the family had gone missing from January 17 from their home in Pargaon.
A senior police officer said, “There are reports that the daily wager’s son had eloped with a woman in Ahmednagar district. We are verifying whether this has any connection with the deaths.” Pune rural superintendent of police Ankit Goyal told TOI, “The senior couple lived in Beed district and their daughter, her husband and the three kids lived in Osmanabad.
For the last one year, however, they were all staying at Nighoj village in Ahmednagar. The four adults were daily wage workers.” Additional superintendent of police (Pune rural) Anand Bhoite said, “Initially, we had no clues to establish the identity of the deceased.
We, however, found a cellphone with one woman, whose body was found on January 21, which helped us ascertain the identities. They had left the village on the night of January 17.” The police carried out searches in the river on Tuesday.
“We recovered the bodies of the three boys on Tuesday and sent them to Pune for a post-mortem. The post-mortem of the bodies of the four adults was held at the rural hospital in Yavat. The reports confirmed the cause of death as drowning,” he added.