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Eight of family burnt alive in Punjab

Relatives allege foul play, as the bodies did not show any signs of struggle to escape the fire.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 22:01 IST

At least eight members of a family, including a five-day-old infant and five other children, were charred beyond recognition in a fire that broke out in their hut.

Relatives of the deceased alleged foul play as the bodies did not seem to show any signs of struggle to escape from the flames.

A relative said that he had heard the children cry but it was too late before he could shout for help.

The family was living in Karaoura village, which lieson the outskirts of Ludhiana.

The dead adults have been identified as Mohammed Manzoor and Nazima Khatoon.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has expressed grief at the incident and hasasked the district administration to arrange for their cremation.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 21:51 IST