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Ramakanta Biswas

In a tragic incident, a woman and her two children were charred to death in their sleep after fire broke out in their house at Unchagaon under Jharpokharia police jurisdiction of Mayurbhanj district. 

The fire broke out in the house of one Mangal Mandi at Dhipasahi at around 2 am today when the family members were asleep.

The decreased have been identified as Mardi’s wife Surukuni (24), their six-year-old daughter Sarita and three-month-old son Jagdish.

During preliminary inquiry, Mandi told police that they were asleep when the fire broke out. 

After being contacted, a fire fighter team from Saraskana rushed to the village and brought the fire under control. However, the trio had already died. 

It was learnt that Mandi had dumped his first wife due to alleged family feud and married Surukuni. 

While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Jharpokharia police detained Mandi for questioning. 

DSP Mukti Kumar Kulu said a scientific team will visit the spot and the bodies will be sent to PRM medical college and hospital for post-mortem. 

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