Woman, baby charred to death; suicide suspected

Cuttack: In a heart rending incident, a woman and her baby boy were charred to death in a fire at Tinigharia Nuasahi under Madhupatna police limits in Cuttack.

The incident occurred around 11 AM in the morning and came to notice when locals spotted smoke coming out from a room. Though fire tending officials rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control, they were unable to save the woman and her son. The deceased have been identified as Madhusmita Sahu and her two and half-year-old son Rahul.

According to sources, the woman’s husband Laxman Dalei was not present in the house when the incident took place.

According to Madusmita’s mother, there was an altercation with between her daughter and son-in-law which she came to know over phone this morning. Sources suspect that Madhusmita could have committed suicide following the quarrel with her husband. Police have traced a bottle of kerosene inside the room. However, they have not confirmed the cause and source of the fire.

Meanwhile, Madhupatna police have detained husband Laxman for interrogation. Police sources also revealed that the case will be handed over to the Mahila Police for investigation.