VILLUPURAM, India – A police investigation launched after a teenager told Indian TV that her father committed a triple homicide led to the discovery of three human skeletons, The Times of India reported.
The 16-year-old, named as M. Bhargavi, made the accusation during a reality crime program, claiming that her father, A. Murugan, had poisoned a man, his daughter and her lover back in 2008.
On Tuesday, three sets of human remains were dug up from the family's village in Villupuram district, which is located in the state of Tamil in southern India.
Murugan -- missing since the show's recording -- and the girl's mother, Rajeswari, are currently being questioned by police, The Asian Age reported Wednesday.
Bhargavi, who appeared on the show after eloping with her boyfriend, told the program her mother advised her of the murders and warned her not to return home to her father.
TV host, Nirmala Periyasamy, told The Times of India, "The girl was constantly telling us that she was afraid of her father, as he may murder her and her husband. When I repeatedly questioned her, the girl broke down and told us that her father had murdered three persons in their house in 2008."
After the show was broadcast, a woman told authorities how her husband Sakar, daughter Lavanya and the daughter's lover Silambrasan went missing back in 2008, and she feared they were murdered.
Authorities are working on the assumption that Murugan gave all three food laced with poison in order to rob them.