Dalit killings: Forensic probe says fire caused from within

Dalit killings: Forensic probe says fire caused from within

In a sensational twist to the brutal killing of two Dalit children in Faridabad on October 20, forensic experts have stated that the “origin and source of fire was not from outside, but from inside the room”.

Two children, including a 9-month old baby girl, were burnt alive allegedly by 11 members of the upper caste community which sparked massive public outrage.

The father of the two kids, Jitender, who said he hopes the CBI does justice to the investigation, had said that the accused poured inflammable material from outside the house and beneath the door which set the room on fire killing his two children.

Forensic experts found a half-burnt kerosene oil plastic bottle under the bed and a burnt matchstick lying on a slab next to the window of the room. The team of forensic experts from Karnal in Haryana were of the unanimous opinion that the fire originated from “within the room”, a prominent English daily reported on Friday.

The CBI, which registered a case against the accused on Thursday, will be handed over the report soon.


The findings of the forensic team contradict the statement of the complainant, Jitender. The report also mentioned that there were “no traces of outside entry” into the premises when the alleged attack took place.

The pattern of pouring of inflammable substance was “vertical” - this is not possible if the woman, Rekha (Jitender's wife), was lying on the bed.

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