Father sets self, family on fire; three dead

Geetha (R) is currently in Victoria Hospital with severe injuries.

In a tragic incident, a father set fire to himself and three members of his family in Bengaluru. The family's two children died on the spot, while the father succumbed to his injuries at the Victoria Hospital on Monday morning where the mother is battling for life.

The deceased have been identified as Murali (50), his daughter Kaveri (21) and son Srikanth (13), and Murali's wife Geetha. The family is a resident of Bakshi Garden in Cottonpet in Bengaluru west.

Senior police officials said that around 9 am on Monday, neighbours noticed fire inside Murali's house and alerted the police, the fire and emergency services. They rushed to the spot and doused the fire. While they found the children dead, Murali and Geetha were rushed to the hospital where Murali passed away later.

The preliminary investigation revealed that, due to a domestic row, the father had poured petrol on his wife and children and also set himself ablaze. Geetha suffered serious injuries and was unable to a statement.

Based on the circumstantial evidence the Cottonpet police registered a case under section IPC 302 (murder) and are investigating the case.

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