6-month-old infant among 4 of a family charred to death

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Doda: Four members of a family including a baby were charred to death when a fire broke out in their house while they were sleeping on Tuesday early morning. The deceased include an six-month-old baby girl and his mother.

 “Fire broke out in the house of one Abdul Rashid at Bhagwa hamlet of Doda district in Jammu region around 0200 hours,” a police official said.

 “They perhaps died due to suffocation and later their bodies would have been burnt. Prima facie, the cause of fire looks short-circuit, however, we are investigating the matter from all possible angles,’’ the official said and identified the deceased as Abdul Rashid, Fatiah Begum, Mubina Begum and six-month-old baby.

Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Kumar along with Senior Superintendent of Police Z.N. Manhas, Tehsildar Doda Nasir Ali, Tehsildar Bhagwah Mohit Gupta and other officers of District Administration rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue and relief operations.

An amount of Rs 10,000, Tent, Blankets, Kitchen kit, Ration, Buckets and other necessary items were distributed as an immediate relief to the next of kin of deceased members. The cause of fire is still not known but Police is investigating the matter. District Administration has expressed extreme grief and solidarity with the family of deceased and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. DC further assured that all possible help and relief will be provided to the family of those who lost their life and property in this incident. 

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