A group of assailants broke into the house of a local CPI-M leader in the district and set his wife and daughter on fire,killing the child,police said on Monday. A person has been detained for questioning. The assailants broke into the house of Loncho Mandi,member of the Gobar Ara Gram Panchayat Samiti in Dhaniakhali block and poured kerosene on his wife Jharna Mandi (23) and minor daughter Sumana Mandi and set them on fire on Sunday.
Neighbours rushed into douse the fire,but the girl died within minutes while her mother was admitted with severe burns. A local CPI-M leader alleged that the crime was the handiwork of JDP men while president of the JDP district unit Lakshmi Murmu denied it,saying that the CPI-M local unit was torturing his party’s supporters who had refused to switch loyalty.