Scared of Omicron, Kanpur professor kills family: A senior professor of forensics in Kanpur allegedly killed his wife and two children due to COVID-19 fear made worse with the emergence of a new coronavirus strain Omicron. The police investigation revealed that the professor had been diagnosed with acute depression and was also receiving treatment for it.
*Trigger Warning: This article contains details of a graphic crime and mental health issues.
The incident took place at Kalyanpur in Kanpur. The accused used to work at a private medical college. According to the investigations by the police officers, the accused first strangled his wife and then killed his son and daughter by smashing their skulls with a hammer.
The accused, then, fled the house. He allegedly sent a Whatsapp text to his brother informing him of the incident. ” Sunil please inform police that I have killed Chandraprabha, Shikhar, Khushi in depression, ” read his message to his brother.
The accused also left behind a suicide note in which he wrote, “Fed up of counting dead bodies” and that no would be spared by Omicron.” The accused reportedly also wrote that he was “liberating everyone.”
According to the investigating officers, the Professor’s brother, after receiving the text message, reached the spot and broke down the door to the flat. He spotted the bodies of the three family members, following which he informed the local police, who reached the spot with a forensic team and dog squad.
The police report revealed that the accused had written about Omicron in his note, writing, “now, the counting of dead bodies will not be needed. Now, corona(virus) will kill everyone.”
The accused is still absconding and his phone is switched off, according to police. The bodies of the deceased have been sent for post-mortem.
The Omicron variant emerged past week. The new coronavirus variant has been found in 36 countries till now, including India. To restrict the spread of the new variant, various regulations have been put in place, which includes a stricter screening of international travellers arriving from infected countries. Double vaccination is important and states like Karnataka are bringing in rules which state that without double dose people will not be allowed in malls and theatres.
The World Health Organisation has classified Omicron as “Variant of Concern”, but at the same time asked people not to panic and maintain the COVID-19 precautions which include vaccination, mask and distancing.