Kidnap accused sets alight five of family in Bihar’s Sitamarhi; minor victim critical

The victims told the police that the main accused had targeted them because he wanted to stop them from recording their statements in a Delhi court, in a case of kidnapping in which he was the main accused, as well.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 17:20 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Sitamarhi
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Guddu Jha (left) and his family at Sitamarhi sadar hospital; severely burnt daughter Guddi is lying behind them. (HT photo)

A group of people allegedly set five persons, including three minors, on fire after sprinkling petrol on them. The incident took place at Bhagwapur Yogvana village under Bathnaha police station of Sitamarhi district of north Bihar, on Tuesday.

Police said, the victims claimed that the accused had targeted them because wanted to stop them (the victims) from recording their statements in a Delhi based court, in a kidnapping case.

The victims were first rushed to a local primary health center at Bathnaha and later referred to the sadar (district) hospital at Sitamarhi, the district headquarters town, for treatment. Four of them, including two minors, were released after first aid while a minor girl is still battling for her life when reports last came in.

“The police have registered an FIR on the statement of Guddu Jha, 40, one of the victims, who has named Pawan Jha as the main accused in the case”, said station house officer (SHO) of the Bathnaha police station Santosh Sharma.

Sharma said all five victims received varying drgrees of burn injuries on their head, hand, stomach and/or other parts of their bodies. “Rubi Jha, 14, the daughter of Guddu Jha, is admitted in sadar hospital at Sitamarhi with serious burn injuries”, he said.

Guddu Jha, his mother Narmada Devi, 60 and his two sons Rahul, 13 and Raja, 11, had undergone treatment for their injuries, he added.

Referring to the Guddu’s FIR, the SHO said his wife had been abducted by Pawan Jha, a resident of the same village and main accused among five named in the case.

“Guddu has alleged that he, along with his family members, was living at Delhi, where he came in contact with Pawan. Later, Pawan and his friends abducted his wife from his rented residence at Delhi. As such, he registered an FIR with the local police at Delhi”, the SHO said.

Sharma further quoted Guddu as saying in his FIR that he and his daughter Rubi were witness in that case. “So, Pawan tried to eliminate all my family members to prevent us from recording our statement in the court,” Sharma quoted Guddu as saying.

For his part, Sharma, who had made inquiries about the incident, said, he had yet to come to any conclusion about Guddu Jha’s claims. “The matter is still not clear and there are several grey areas. We are investigating the case from various angles and a clearer picture will emerge in a day or two”, he stated.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 17:20 IST