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A female Indian software professional and her seven-year-old son were murdered in the US, the deceased woman’s family has alleged.

The Andhra Pradesh-based family said the 40-year-old N Sasikala and her son, Anish Sai, were found dead at their New Jersey home.

Sasikala’s husband N. Hanumantha Rao found the bodies when he returned home from work on Thursday evening.

According to information available so far, Sasikala had picked up her son from school in the afternoon and returned home.

“We suspect that they have been murdered following an affair of my son-in-law with another woman there” said Ms Sasikala’s mother, Krishna Kumari. Indian-American community leader and Prasad Thotakura claimed that Mr Rao allegedly found his wife and child “in a pool of blood” and “with their throats slit”.

Thotakura said the police have launched a criminal investigation into the case and are looking into motives behind the murder, including the possibilities of any foul play. He added that no details are yet available to ascertain if the case involved any domestic dispute.

He said the Telugu Association of North America is helping the family to send the bodies back to India.

Reacting to the death of a N.Sasikala and her seven-year-old son at their New Jersey home, the victim’s parents based in Andhra Pradesh suspected that her daughter has been murdered due to an affair of their son-in-law. The victim’s mother was quoted as saying, “We suspect that they have been murdered following an affair of my son-in-law with another woman there.”

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted about the murder, saying, “Pained to hear about the killing of Sasikala & son Sai in New Jersey, US. My condolences to the family members.”

Telugu Desam Party General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh too expressed grief on Twitter, posting, “Saddened to learn about the killing of Sasikala and her son in New Jersey, US. Strongly condemn such acts of violence.”

Mr Rao and Ms Sasikala both were software professionals.The couple worked in the IT fields and had been living in the US for the last 12 years