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SHOCK ALL AROUND

AS THE news of the blood-curdling incident in Sadiyapur locality on the banks of the Yamuna, in which five persons of a family were burnt alive, spread in the city, curious residents sought to know about the incident and whether the killers were arrested or not. Mamta Kulkarni, a housewife, who rang up the Hindustan Times office here, enquired whether the shocking news of two young men killing their real uncle along with his family of five was true or a mere canard. Shell-shocked, she went speechless for a while when she was told that the news was true.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:16 IST
BK Singh

AS THE news of the blood-curdling incident in Sadiyapur locality on the banks of the Yamuna, in which five persons of a family were burnt alive, spread in the city, curious residents sought to know about the incident and whether the killers were arrested or not.

Mamta Kulkarni, a housewife, who rang up the Hindustan Times office here, enquired whether the shocking news of two young men killing their real uncle along with his family of five was true or a mere canard. Shell-shocked, she went speechless for a while when she was told that the news was true.

Eerie silence prevailed at Machhli Mandi in Sadiyapur locality where the incident took place. An old resident remarked, "Aisa to bhaiyya Bihar mein hot raha hai, ihaan to pahli baar aisa hua hai."

The room of this small house in which this spine-chilling incident took place had nothing but ashes of everything which was kept there earlier. However, the smell of petrol still pervaded the room. Before giving vent to their ire the killers had bolted the room from outside and had even locked it to ensure that nobody survived their devilish plan.

The separate room in which Nanu, 16, one of the surviving daughters of Manoj was asleep, had also been bolted from outside by the killers. "I could have made an attempt to save the lives of my parents and the rest, had the killers not bolted my room from outside," said the sobbing girl. Her elder sister Rita, who is married in Kanpur and had rushed to the city along with her mother-in-law and husband, was also inconsolable.

Nanu said the killers had earlier brought a can of petrol on January 2 and had hidden it in their adjacent house. Fearing some kind of foul play, she had reported the matter to her mother but she had paid no heed. "Tera dimag bahut tez chalta hai, ja apna kaam kar," the mother had retorted. Last night when Nanu again saw her uncle's son Mahendra, one of the accused, getting another can of petrol, she had again cautioned her mother but she got the same reply once again. ''My parents were too simple and it was because of this that they were not able to observe the situation, else they might have been alive'', she rued.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 00:16 IST