CHINIOT - A deranged man yesterday strangulated to death his five minor children - four boys and a girl - and later committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan allegedly over dispute with his ‘estranged’ wife.

The Muhammad Wala Police and rescue officials confirmed that the gruesome incident took place in village Dalail Wala, tehsil Lalian on Tuesday.

The police informed that Muhammad Hussain, 35, had married with Nadia Bibi, resident of the same village, a decade ago but the couple were not at good terms. Nadia had gone to her parents’ house after a quarrel with him one month ago. He came back from army duty and tried to reconcile with wife but failed at which he divorced her and kept the five children with him, some three days ago.

Unhappy with his wife’s behaviour, he strangulated his five children including 10-year-old Iqra, eight-year-old Waqas, six-year-old Shahzad, five-year-old Subhan and three-year-old Noman while they were asleep in the wee hours of Tuesday. Later, he committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan.

According to neighbours, difference between the man and his wife are the motive behind the gruesome incident.  The Muhammad Wala Police shifted the dead bodies to THQ Hospital for autopsy and registered a case on the application of Bahadur Ali, father of the deceased man.

AGENCIES ADD: Nadia Bibi, mother of the deceased children, held her brother-in-law responsible for the incident, claiming that a father cannot kill his own kids.

The police, however, have launched investigation into the incident.