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Indian woman, 7-year-old son found dead in US, family suspects husband

A 38-year-old Indian techie from Vijayawada and her seven-year-old son were found dead in their Maple Shade township flat in New Jersey in the US.

Narra Sasikala and Anish Sai were found in a pool of blood, their throats slit open.

Law enforcement officials in New Jersey have denied the killings were a hate crime. New Jersey police are looking at all angles, including a possible robbery bid that went wrong, reports said. Meanwhile the victim's parents alleged that Sasikala's husband should be considered a strong suspect.

Sasikala's husband, Hanumantha Rao, who called the cops after he "found the bodies" when he returned home from work on Thursday evening, was detained for questioning and his cellphone confiscated by the New Jersey police. Rao said he informed his parents about the incident over the phone around 6 am on Friday before he was taken away by police.

Officials also said no arrests have been made and the deaths were being investigated as homicides. "The preliminary investigation revealed that both victims were stabbed multiple times," said a statement by Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

"Contrary to some media reports, at this point there is no indication that this is a hate crime connected to the fact that the victims are of Indian origin," the statement said.

The slain woman's father, Sunkara Venkateswara Rao, a retired school teacher, said, "We strongly believe our daughter and grandson were murdered by Hanumantha Rao. My son-in-law has an extramarital relationship with another woman for the last few years and got rid of Sasikala and Anish."