Bengaluru: The three children, who had gone missing from their Banaswadi school in August, had indeed met with a gory end.
The police managed to trace the accused, who confessed to having murdered the children and dumping their bodies into a manhole.
The accused is their uncle — their father’s cousin — who was allegedly having an affair with the children’s mother.
Fayum Baig (24), an electrician, was arrested by the Banaswadi police on Monday. The police said Fayum was having an affair with Nazima Begum, a garment factory employee and resident of Pilllanna Garden.
Nazima was separated from her husband, Ilyas Baig, six months ago. He left for Hyderabad, leaving Nazima with the three children.
Fayum wanted to marry Nazima, but was enraged when he found her with another man. In a fit of revenge, he went to the school and called out to the three siblings Ali Abbas Baig (8), Raheem Baig (4) and Husna Begum (6).
Since the children knew Fayum, they ran towards him, calling out ‘ chacha chacha’ . That was the last time the children were seen. The accused took them to an isolated spot and strangulated them one by one. He then dumped their bodies into a manhole near a mini-forest in HBR Layout, K.G. Halli.
Nazima had filed a police complaint after the children went missing, suspecting that her husband had taken them. The police even went to Hyderabad to question Ilyas Baig. It was when they found out about Nazima having had multiple affairs that they zeroed in on Fayum.
The police have so far recovered the body of Husna. The search was suspended on Monday after the heavy water flow due to excessive rain.