The decayed body of one Umadevi, a 56-year-old household, was found kept within the house and her son, mother and brother had been living there these months without disclosing her death to anybody, local people said.
They were later admitted to a government hospital for treating possible infection and psychological disorder, local police added.
The incident became public after a neighbor lodged a complaint with the police about foul smell from the house, located in Ramavarma Puram locality here. In a search carried out on Oct 19 morning, police found the body of Umadevi, who died on Dec 3, 2012, covered with a bed-spread in one of the rooms.
Police said Umadevi’s mother Sarojini, her son Sivaraman and her brother Sellampillai had always kept their house locked and did not speak to neighbors. “All the three looked like they had psychological problem. That is also one of the reasons why we referred them to the hospital,” a police official added. (PTI)