Indian IT professional, pregnant wife found dead at Jersey home after neighbours alert police

The dead bodies of an Indian IT professional and his pregnant wife were found inside their apartment in New Jersey after neighbours spotted their four-year-old daughter crying alone on the balcony and alerted the police.

File photo of Balaji Rudrawar and his wife Arati Rudrawar (Picture Courtesy: Facebook @Balaji Rudrawar)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Balaji and Arati Rudrawar moved to the US in August 2015
  • They were a happy family and had lovely neighbours, Balaji’s father told the media
  • The couple lived in the Riverview Gardens complex of North Arlington borough in New Jersey

An Indian IT professional and his pregnant wife were found dead at their apartment in New Jersey in the US. Neighbours found their bodies after spotting the couple’s four-year-old daughter crying alone on the balcony of their home.

The couple was found dead at their 21 Garden Terrace apartment in the Riverview Gardens complex of North Arlington borough in New Jersey on Wednesday.

It will take at least 8-10 days for the bodies of Balaji Bharat Rudrawar (32) and his wife Arati Balaji Rudrawar (30) to reach India. Their four-year-old daughter is currently with friends of the family in New Jersey.

Arati Balaji Rudrawar was seven months pregnant, her father-in-law told the media.

The country prosecutor’s office said in a press release that local police entered the home and found the couple dead.

Medical examiner’s report awaited

Some US media outlets reported that the husband stabbed his wife in the abdomen as she made unsuccessful attempts to fight him off in the living room.

It has been confirmed that both Balaji Bharat Rudrawar and his wife Arati Balaji Rudrawar had been stabbed.

However, officials are waiting for the medical examiner’s report to determine the exact cause and circumstances of the deaths.

‘Were a happy family, had lovely neighbours’

Balaji’s father Bharat Rudrawar, a businessman in Maharashtra, told news agency PTI that neighbours spotted his granddaughter crying alone in the balcony and alerted the local police.

“The local police there informed me of the tragedy on Thursday. There is no clarity yet on the cause of the death.The US police said they will share findings of the autopsy report,” said Bharat Rudrawar.

Father of the deceased IT professional, Bharat Rudrawar said he had been to the couple’s home and was planning another trip to the US to be with them.

Asked if he suspected foul play, Bharat Rudrawar said, “I am not aware of any possible motive. They were a happy family and had lovely neighbours.”

Who were Balaji, Arati Rudrawar

Balaji Rudrawar hailed from Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district. He married his wife Arati in December 2014.

The couple moved to the US in August 2015. While Balaji was employed by an Indian IT company, his wife Arati was a homemaker.

(With inputs from PTI)

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