Devbrat Patnaik

Bolangir: A regular family feud turned fatal in Radabahala village under Belpada police limits after a man beat his father and set ablaze his 75-year-old ailing mother inside their house Saturday morning.

As per sources, the accused Santosh had a heated argument with his father Rushi Kharsel over some issue. The quarrel soon took an ugly turn when Santosh, in a fit of rage, attacked his father with a wooden plank. Watching the vicious behaviour of Santosh, his elderly bed-ridden mother Ashamati cursed him and asked her husband to call the other villagers to sort the matter.

An injured Rushi rushed to gather all neighbours but by the time he returned, he could only hear the desperate screams of his wife. Santosh had allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her.

Receiving information, Belpada police rushed to the spot, recovered the body of the elderly woman and initiated an investigation into the matter.

The accused, who had fled the scene after the incident, was later arrested by police.

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