Odisha: three young girls charred to death

BHAWANIPATNA: Three younger girls, a pair of twins and their cousin, died Saturday in a village of Bijmara (limits of the Koksara police station) in the Kalahandi district.

The deceased twins and cousin have been identified as Daji Dishari, Raji Dishari and Rachana Rout, respectively.

A place where the three children, who were around four years old, played inside an impromptu cabin near a rice field near their house. The cabin was covered with stubble of rice that is combustible in nature.

A village woman, Vishakha, said that the coal ashes next to the cabin may have caught fire. Residents may have burned coal to fight the cold. The children screamed when the fire broke out. They could not leave when the wooden door of the makeshift cabin was on fire. The locals quickly took them to the community health center in Koksara, where they were given primary treatment, Vishakha added. The three were taken to the government headquarters hospital in Bhawanipatna when their condition deteriorated. Dr. B Deo said the deceased suffered more than 90 percent burns. They succumbed to the wounds after an hour of treatment here, he added.

The deceased's grandfather, Parikhit Disari, said the parents were working in the field to harvest the ripe rice.

The bodies were sent to autopsy and the Koksara police registered a case related to the incident.