Woman, 3 kids die in accidental fire in Kapurthala

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Old 24-Jun-2010
Woman, 3 kids die in accidental fire in Kapurthala

Subhanpur (Kapurthala), June 23

Four members of a family were burnt alive in an accidental fire while lying asleep in their house at Dayalpur village, falling under Subhanpur police station of Kapurthala district in the wee hours today.

The deceased have been identified as Paramjit Kaur (35), her son Ajay Kumar (11), and two daughters Preeti (9) and Muskan (6).Deceased Paramjit Kaurís husband Kashmiri Lal is working in a factory at Hamira and was doing the night shift in the factory.

Paramjit Kaurís father-in-law Jeet Ram told mediapersons that his daughter-in-law along with her children was sleeping in their room whereas he along with other members of the family was sleeping on the roof due to the heat.

Jeet Ram further stated that when he had come downstairs to take water, he heard Paramjit Kaur and her childrenís cries. At this, he also shouted for help as he saw smoke emanating from their room.

Meanwhile other members of the family and villagers gathered there in an attempt to save them.

SP (Detective) Lakhwinder Pal Singh Khera, Bholath DSP Mohinder Singh and SHO Balkar Singh visited the spot to inquire into the incident.

Talking to The Tribune, the DSP ruled out any possibility of foul play behind these deaths. He said all four victims were sleeping in a room when their wooden cots and other material caught fire prima facie due to short circuit of the electric fan resulting in the death of Paramjit Kaur and Ajay Kumar on the spot. The deceased, Preeti and Muskan, succumbed to their burn injuries on their way to hospital.

The incident occurred around 2.30 am. Meanwhile, the district police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.

Later in the day, the bodies were cremated after their postmortem at the Kapurthala Civil Hospital.

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