Varanasi: In a shocking incident, five children of a woman were keeping her dead body in their house here for the past five months, so that the pension coming in her name did not stop despite her passing away, police said on Wednesday.
The bizarre incident came to light in the Awas Vikas Colony of Durgakund in the temple town after locals reported of stench emanating from the house for the past few days.
As police searched the house, they found the decomposed body of a woman, later identified as Amrawati Devi, who had died five months back.
The body had been preserved in some chemical solution by her sons and their wives, with the lure of pension high on their mind. The body of the 70-year-old was later sent for autopsy.
On further inquiry, the police discovered that the woman was getting a family pension of Rs 40,000 per month after her late husband, Daya Prasad, who retired from the post of Superintendent in the Customs Department, passed away.
Police officials probing the case said the sons of the deceased — Girish Prakash, Jyoti Prakash, Ravi Prakash, Dev Prakash and Yogeshwar Prakash — were getting her thumb impression every month to draw the pension.