Three children of a family were charred to death after their shanty caught fire in the wee hours of Sunday. The police said six-year-old Afsha, four-year-old Zeeshan and four-month-old Jiah were burnt alive, while their mother Shakira, sister Zoya and cousin Faqreen suffered grievous burn injuries and were admitted at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak.
The father of the children, Shanu Khan, told police the fire occurred around 1 am when the family was sound asleep. He managed to pull out his daughter Zoya and his brother-in-law Nisar’s daughter Faqreen, but couldn’t do much as smoke caused by fire reduced visibility.
The police said the family originally belongs to Muzzafarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh were working as labourers in Jind, where they had built a shanty in the orchards behind BSNL telephone exchange on Hansi Road.
“There could be two reasons behind the fire. One could be short circuit as they were using one pedestal fan at that time, and second could be fire spreading from the mud stove spark as the weather was breezy and they had cooked dinner a while back,” Jind city SHO inspector Nar Singh said. “We are presently investigating the cause,” he said, while ruling out any foul play in the incident.