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In Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, mom sets afire three year old son for refusing to serve water

A woman, who tried to kill her eldest son some months back, strangulated her youngest son for refusing to serve her water.

india Updated: May 22, 2017 07:54 IST
Ajay Kumar
An ill-tempered woman strangled minor son in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.
An ill-tempered woman strangled minor son in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. (Representative illustration)

In a fit of rage, a mother killed her three year old son, after he refused to serve her drinking water.

An ill-tempered Puja Devi, 28, strangulated her son Nandan and then doused him with kerosene oil before setting the child on fire. The incident took place at Bagwara village under Kathaiya police station of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, around 105 km north of Patna, late on Saturday.

The police have arrested the accused. They claimed the woman has confessed to having committed the crime.

The incident came to light when villagers detected smoke billowing out of Puja’s house. Her husband, Rajendra Mahto, works in Gujarat’s Surat district. The accused used to stay at her house with her three children, all under 10 years of age. Nandan was the youngest of her three children.

Confirming the incident, Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Vivek Kumar said, “A few months back, the woman tried to kill her eldest son in a similar fashion. She has been arrested and forwarded to the Shahid Khudi Ram Bose central jail under judicial custody.”

Sub-inspector of police Suresh Singh, who is investigating the case, said that medical examination of the woman did not suggest that she was medically unsound.

Singh said that the accused was a habitual nuisance monger, who used to pick up a fight with her fellow villagers at the drop of a hat.

He said that an FIR had been registered against Puja on the basis of the statement of her father-in-law and the victim’s grandfather, Sitaram Mahto.

“I got my son Rajendra Mahto married with Puja nearly a decade back. Puja would invariably quarrel with family members. My neighbours, too, were fed up with her intemperate behaviour,” said the investigating officer, quoting the elder Mahto.