Couple sets itself, minor kid on fire in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A couple allegedly set itself and 4-year-old daughter ablaze on Saturday over some family dispute. Police rescued the trio and they are currently undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

The injured couple has been identified as Babuli Das and Janaki Das. They were residing at the Kapileswar Kenal bandh slum since the past few years.

According to reports, a quarrel ensued between the couple in the morning today following which they set themselves and also their 4-year-old minor girl on fire.

Locals spotted smoke emitting out of the house and suspecting of something wrong, informed the police. ShreeLingaraj police reached the spot and rescued them all with the help of locals. They were immediately rushed to the Capital hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after their condition worsened.

Doctors informed that the trio’s condition is still critical as more than 50% of their body has sustained burn injuries.

While it is suspected that the couple set themselves and their daughter ablaze after a quarrel ensued between them over some land dispute, the exact reason behind the incident is yet to be established. Meanwhile, police have initiated a probe into the incident.

Further details are awaited.