Vijayawada, June 11: In a shocking incident, the mother and brother of a 41-year-old woman, who had died three days ago, kept her body in their apartment, hoping that God will revive her.

While the foul smell emanating from the flat in Jangareddygudem town in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh got the neighbours restless, Aruna’s 70-year-old mother Manjula Devi and 39-year-old brother T. Ravichandran continued with their daily routine.

According to the police, when they entered the flat, Ravichandran was found eating lunch sitting beside Aruna’s body. He told police that his sister is sleeping.

When police tried to explain him that his sister was dead, Aruna’s mother and brother said if God has taken his life, he will revive her.

Police suspect that both mother and brother of the deceased are mentally unstable.

Police forcibly shifted the body to the government hospital for autopsy. They also arranged for the last rites of the deceased.

Police suspect that the woman died three days ago. They, however, were waiting for the forensic report to determine the cause and time of death.

The family had shifted to Jangareddygudem from some other place in the district and taken the flat on rent. The family was facing financial problems due to property disputes.

Ravichandra had left his job in Chennai to join his mother and sister.

According to the other inmates in the apartment building, the family used to remain aloof. They had not paid rent and electricity bills for last five months.

Police were investigating if Aruna committed suicide due to financial problems or died of hunger or any disease.

(With IANS inputs)