Sundargarh: In a horrific incident, a woman and two daughters were set on fire by the husband at Darlipalli village under Bhasma police limits in Jharsuguda district late last night.
The three ladies were rushed to the Sundargarh district hospital by locals in a critical condition.
While the elder daughter is in critical condition with more than 90% burn injuries, the woman and another daughter have sustained 60%-70% burn injuries, said hospital sources.
The incident occurred at around 3-3.15 am when the woman and her two daughters were sleeping at their room in a rented house, husband Jayaram Mahanandia went to the house and set the trio on fire after pouring petrol on them. Hearing scream and cries for help, locals reached the spot and rushed the injured to the hospital. Though some tried to catch the accused, Mahanandia managed to flee the spot.
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Neighbours said Mahanandia, who was working as a daily wager at the under-construction Darlipalli NTPC power plant and staying at a rented room at Darlipalli, had a quarrel with his wife on the Diwali day and left the house since then. But to the surprise of everyone he appeared in the area last night and torched his wife and two daughter.
Along with the victims, three other women were also sleeping in another room of the same house. Notably, the woman and her daughters were living in the room of the rented house which they were sharing with another family.
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The local police have started investigation into the case. While a team led by Bhasma IIC has launched manhunts to nab the accused, the SDPO met the injured at the hospital.