A carpet weaver, his mother and niece died after sustaining burn injuries under mysterious circumstances at Rashulha village under Kapsethi police station area of the district. The incident occurred Saturday evening. Police are yet to register an FIR.
The deceased have been identified as Shyama Devi (80), Arvind Mishra (52) and Priya alias Priyanka (20).
Station Officer (Kapsethi) Surendra Kumar Yadav said Priya appeared to have caught fire accidentally and the other two sustained burn injuries in a bid to save her. The villagers, however, claimed the family was under mental and financial stress due to a long-running property dispute and little income from carpet weaving.
Superintendent of Police (Rural) Pradeep Gupta said: “Various theories, including property dispute and domestic discord, are floating. We are examining all angles. As of now, we are not in a position to ascertain the exact reason behind the incident.”
The Station Officer (Kapsethi), too, said the claims of villagers are being verified.
Police said Priya sustained burn injuries around 7 pm Saturday. Arvind, who was sitting outside their mud house, rushed in after hearing Priya’s shrieks and tried to put out the fire. His mother also rushed towards Priya. All three sustained serious burn injuries.
Priya was rushed to the local public health centre where she was declared brought dead. Shyama Devi and Arvind were rushed to Kabir Chaura hospital where they succumbed on Sunday.
While Arvind was unmarried, Priya’s parents had died long ago. Arvind’s another brother, Pramod, works in a private firm in Mumbai. “We are waiting for Pramod to arrive, before we can take forward the investigations,” said the SP.