In an appalling incident, in an alleged case of dowry and murder, Lalita Devi (25) along with her infant son Himanshu and daughter Sonali (3) were charred to death. The incident took place at Kolachchi tola of Ajua village under the Shikarpur police station area, 12 km south of Narkatiaganj in West Champaran on Tuesday.
The police said that a case of dowry death is being instituted on the statement of the deceased woman’s father Ram Chandra Yadav, a resident of Dainmarwa village under the Ramnagar police station of neighbouring Bagaha police district in West Champaran.
According to preliminary reports, the deceased woman’s husband, Dhan Lal Yadav, had carried the bodies of his wife and minor children to the banks of Ramrekha river adjoining his village for cremation when some villagers informed the police.
Krishna Bedardi, a Bhojpuri folk singer and cousin of the deceased woman said in a TOI report that Lalita was given a Bajaj Platina motorcycle in dowry at her wedding five years ago but her husband Dhan Lal, an agricultural worker, kept insisting on another more expensive brand of motorcycle. “Dhan Lalwa Apache maangat rahey,” Krishna said, adding that a week ago, Lalita had called her father (allegedly) pleading: “ De de je maanga taa (give him what he is demanding).”
Narkatiaganj SDPO Chaubey said that a case of dowry death is being instituted against the husband and mother-in-law of the deceased woman. “The woman’s father-in-law is away in Punjab. He is a migrant worker,” he said.
The investigation into the matter is underway.