Bhawanipatna, Sep 10:
In a shocking incident, a woman and her small daughter were allegedly set on fire by her husband and in-laws late on Sunday night at Karla village under Kesinga police station limits.
The condition of the two, undergoing treatment at the Kalahandi district headquarters hospital, is stated to be critical.
Sources in the locality said that Puri Patel’s husband and in-laws, who had been torturing her and her daughter Bijli everyday, allegedly set them on fire on Sunday night.
However, the husband told the police that Puri wanted to commit suicide along with her daughter and set herself and the girl on fire when they were not in the house.
Meanwhile, the Kesinga police on Monday visited the hospital to record the statement of the victims but failed as they were unable to speak.
“Investigation is on to ascertain the exact reason of the incident,” said investigating officer of Kesinga police station Gopinath Nayak.