Man sets his hut ablaze, kids charred to death

In a fit of rage, a drug addict allegedly set his hut on fire leading to two of his children being charred to death near Samrala, about 50 kilometre from here, police said on Monday.

The incident took place last night when Shri Paul, 45,  a drug addict, came home in an inebriated condition following which a heated argument took place with his wife.

After some time, he allegedly set his hut on fire. Paul, who is from Uttar Pradesh used to spend most of his money on drugs.

The family, including five daughters and one son, had to many a times go without food. Knati Devi, his wife, tried to rescue the children but could save only her four daughters from the blaze. According to an FIR lodged by Knati Devi at Samrala police station, the victims were identified as her son Sachin (4) and daughter Ruby (6).

SHO Samrala Inspector Darshan Singh said the accused was a labourer and fled from the spot after the incident.

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