The husband of an Indian American software engineer, who was found dead alongside her six-year-old son last month in their Maple Shade, New Jersey, apartment, was having an affair with his co-worker, numerous Indian media have reported.
Sasikala Narra, 38, and her son Anish, 6, were found slain in the bedroom of their home by Narra’s husband, Hanumantha Rao. Both mother and son had been stabbed multiple times, Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office, told India-West. (See earlier India-West story here.)
Rao called 911, and said he had found the bodies of his wife and son, but added he did not know what had happened. He claimed he was at “happy hour” after work with some of his co-workers.
In the 911 call released by Maple Shade police, an unidentified woman’s voice can be heard in the background. When the 911 dispatcher asked Rao if he could perform CPR on his wife and child, the woman screamed: “No you can’t. Their throats are slit.”
She can also be heard on the recording telling Rao: “don’t go back in there.”
No money or valuables were taken from the apartment. When police questioned Rao as to how he got into the apartment on the night of the murder, he said he did not remember as he may have been on his cell phone. Police have not reported whether there were signs of forced entry.
In a letter released widely by Narra’s family to the media, the murdered woman revealed to her brother that her husband was having an affair with Deepa Ajit, who works at Cognizant in Vijayawada. Rao works at Cognizant in New Jersey.
“Hanumanth has been talking and chatting with her on mobile every day,” wrote Narra to her brother.
“I noticed the chat in mobile and directly questioned him about it. He said he did not do anything wrong. There is no trace of remorse in Hanumanth. He is expressing anger at me. He showed a rebellious attitude saying ‘do what you can,” said Narra in the letter, which appears in its entirety on Telegus Today and Prime Post. Bits of the letter have been excerpted in The Times of India and the Deccan Chronicle.
Narra said in the e-mail to her brother that whenever she confronted her husband about his extra-marital romance, he would insist that “there’s nothing wrong in having an affair.” She claimed that Rao had “dared her to do whatever she could,” and expressed helplessness over not knowing what to do.
Deepa Ajit and Rao had allegedly been having an affair since 2012. Though he has not been sequestered to his home, Rao did not fly to Vijayawada to attend the funeral for his wife and son.
In related news, a scholarship fund has been set up at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in memory of Anish and Sasikala Narra. Anish was a first grade student at OLPH School, which he had attended since pre-K. The school held a memorial service for Anish and his mother on March 31.