Elderly man charred to death inside room

Khurda: In a tragic incident, an elderly man was charred to death inside a room after rescuing her daughter-in-law and grand children from a fire mishap at Narada slum in Balipatna area here on Friday night.

The deceased has been identified as Mir Urfan Ali.

According to sources, the incident took place last night when Mira, along with her daughter-in-law and grand children, was sleeping inside a room.

Some unidentified miscreants allegedly set the house on fire. After realising that the house had caught fire, they all attempted to get out of the room. But they were unable to do so as the miscreants had locked the room from outside, the sources added.

Finding no other option to get out of the room, Mira first rescued her daughter-in-law and grand children. But she was not able to come out of the room herself and was burnt alive inside the room, the sources informed.

On being informed about the incident, Balipatna police rushed to the spot and started an investigation into the matter.

Though the exact reason behind the crime is unknown, it is believed that it may be an outcome of a love affair, an investigating official said.