Kendrapara, Dec 4 :
In a shocking incident a couple tried to immolate themselves after attempting to set afire their kids in front of the crowded district collector’s office here on Tuesday.
Police has arrested Rabindra Jena and his wife Pushpalata Jena for the act.
The couple from Gopei village in Patkura police station was sitting on a dharna with their 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son when the incident took place, the police said.
They said they resorted to such protest seeking police action on a complaint lodged by them earlier.
The couple tried to set their children on fire after pouring kerosene over them. They also poured kerosene on themselves in an attempt to immolate themselves.
However, they were prevented in time from committing the act by the police which forwarded them to court after charging them under sections 309, 307, 109 and 34 IPC.
The couple was sent to jail after the local court rejected their bail application, the police said.
Incidentally, Jena had earlier lodged an FIR alleging that his wife had been raped. Police had registered a case in this connection and had arrested the accused.
However, the accused was bailed out later with medical examination report ruling out rape or sexual abuse.
Police said the agitating couple had staged a dharna demanding the reopening of the case.