Seven burnt to death in arson incident

Our Correspondent

Seven people were burnt to death in a house fire in Muzaffargarh’s Pir Jahanian area on Sunday. The dead included a man, two women and four children.

The childrens ages were ranged from 18 years to two months. Their bodies have been shifted to a hospital.

The police said that according to heirs, Mehboob and Fauzia Bibi, both residents of the house, had contracted a free will marriage 18 months ago.

They alleged that the fire was an act of arson committed by Mehboob’s in-laws. Evidence has been gathered from the scene, including an empty bottle of petrol.

According to rescue officials, the cause of the fire in the house has not been ascertained yet, but the death of seven people, including women and children, has been confirmed.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar expressed regret over the loss of precious lives due to the fire in Muzaffargarh. He asked the Dera Ghazi Khan commissioner to submit a report on the incident.

The blaze erupted at a house in the Ali Pur area of Muzaffargarh district, located some 380 kilometres from the provincial capital, Lahore.

District Police Officer Hassan Iqbal said police were investigating the incident, adding that all details of the case will be disclosed soon.

Rescue service chief Dr Hussain Mian said firefighters retrieved the charred bodies of a 65-year-old man, two women aged 35 and 19, three boys aged 3, 10 and 12 and a 2-month-old infant.

Dr Mian said the bodies had been sent for autopsy and forensic examination.t.