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Estranged Indian-origin couple found dead in Australia house fire

PTI , Agencies  Melbourne, October 05, 2012
First Published: 20:27 IST(5/10/2012) | Last Updated: 17:14 IST(8/10/2012)

An estranged Indian-origin couple died in a mysterious house fire here on Thursday.
Police said officers were attending an unrelated matter in the area when they observed a fire coming from a house in Hale Street early this morning.


Police, in a statement, said they entered the house and located a man, dragging him from the burning building. The man was taken to a local hospital with significant burns who later succumbed to his injuries.

Police also recovered a body of a woman from the house.

Australian media identified the victims as Sargun Ragi, 22, and her taxi driver husband Avjit Singh, 31.

The couple separated in August this year, The Australian newspaper reported.

Police did not confirm how Sargun died, but said her death is being treated as "suspicious".
The paper, citing its sources, reported that Sargun had been stabbed repeatedly.

Sargun had been married to Singh for a year and had been living in the Kew house for just three days. Singh, who had been in Australia for eight years, had been in conflict with his wife, the report said.

Homicide and arson and explosive detectives are probing the incident.

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