Monday, January 3, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 3 of a dalit family charred in fire

3 of a dalit family charred in fire
TNN, Jan 3, 2011, 04.38am IST

PATNA: Three members of a dalit family living at Udan Tola village
under Janipur police station in Patna district died on Saturday night
after suffering severe burn injuries.

The victims were identified as Belwanti Devi (30) and her two sons
Karan (5)and Arjun (2). Their badly charred bodies were later sent for
post-mortem to PMCH, police said. It has not been established yet
whether the fire was accidental or a result of some conspiracy.

According to Janipur police station officer incharge Lal Bihari
Paswan, preliminary investigations into the incident revealed that the
incident took place on Saturday night when the victims were fast
asleep in their hut. Police are investigating how did the fire break
out in the hut, Paswan said.

Belwanti was the wife of one Raj Kumar, a labourer working in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Buddhu Manjhi, father-in-law of Belwanti, alleged that his
daughter-in-law and two grandsons were the victims of a conspiracy
hatched by three persons. He said these people used to sell county
liquor in front of his daughter-in-law's hut, which she often
protested. It is possible that they set the hut afire on Saturday
night when the victims were asleep, he alleged, adding policemen at
Janipur did not act swiftly in the case.

Phulwari DSP Rakesh Dubey and BDO visited the spot and handed over Rs
10,000 on behalf of Patna district administration as ex-gratia to
Belwanti's family members.

Road mishap: A cyclist was knocked down to death by a speeding truck
on Saturday evening near Danapur station. The incident took place when
the cyclist was going to Naubatpur. The truck was coming from opposite
direction, The identity of the victim is yet to be established.

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