Four burnt to death

Four members of a family including two children were burnt to death and seven others seriously injured when their house caught fire at Bagagara village in West Midnapore district in the wee hours today, police said.

Rahima Bibi (30), her one-year-old son, Mithu Ali (28) and her 6-month-old baby were burnt to death when they were sleeping in their thatched house.

Seven others of the family sufferd serious burn injuries and they were admitted to the Midnapore district hospital in critical condition.

Police said they were investigating a complaint of the villagers that Taher Ali, son-in-law of the family, had set the house on fire as he was not allowed to marry his wife Rahima Bibi's sister.

Taher, who had come to the houses yesterday, has been ansconding since morning, police said.

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