Mother sets herself ablaze with four children, all die

February 26th, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 26 (IANS) Marital strife may have caused a 40-year-old woman to set ablaze her four children aged 6-14 along with herself, killing all five Thursday in an Uttar Pradesh village, police said.
“The incident took place in the Devrakhaski Milak village in Moradabad district,” deputy inspector general Moradabad M.K. Bashal told IANS on phone. Moradabad is some 300 km from Lucknow.

The woman, Prabha Devi, 40, may have had strained relations with her husband Om Pal, police said. This could be the reason that forced Devi to take the extreme step, added Bashal.

The charred bodies of Devi along with her four children - two daughters and two sons - were found inside their house in Kurfategarh locality, police said.

According to police, Devi and her husband Om Pal, who is a taxi driver, frequently had altercations. Under the influence of alcohol, Pal often used to beat Devi as she tried to stop her husband from drinking.

“Efforts are on to nab Pal and question him in connection with the case,” said police inspector Ram Saran Singh.

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