Mahottari, August 8

Shankar Sada, permanent resident of Aurahi-8, Mahottari district, attempted to burn his wife and mother-in-law to death by pouring kerosene.

According to Mahottari District Police, the survivors have sustained critical burn injuries in the incident. Deputy Superintendent of Police Prakash Bista said Shankar attempted to kill them after a heated family dispute on Saturday night.

Shankar, who fled the scene soon after the incident, was staying at his in-law’s house with his wife and mother-in-law after returning from foreign employment in Kuwait a year ago.

The mother has sustained burn injuries on her back, arms and left leg while her daughter sustained serious injuries on her chest, arms and legs.

The critically injured mother and daughter were rushed to Provincial Hospital in Janakpur for treatment but they are referred to the national capital as their treatment is not possible in Janakpur, according to Dr Rupesh Barma, who was involved in their treatment at the provincial hospital.

According to Barma, the mother is expected to recover following treatment but the daughter’s health condition is very critical.

The perpetrator attacked the women while they were asleep at around midnight and locked the door from outside, before fleeing the scene. The villagers couldn’t hear the cry for help of the women as it was raining heavily.

Search is underway to nab the perpetrator, said police.