‘Although, the cause of the fire is not yet clear, we are not ruling out the possibility of an arson attack, as presence of flammable substance was detected’
Four members of a family sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out at their house in Lochonpur village of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi early Tuesday.
The injured are homeowner Samsul Hoque’s daughters – Priti, 11, Sweety, 13, and Muktamoni, 16, and their aunt, Khatun Nesa, 65.
They were initially taken to Raipura Upazila Health Complex and then shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
According to locals, Samsul’s sons, Biplob Mia and Shohag Mia, were convicted in a murder case, after which their family went into hiding.
Biplob recently received bail and the family returned to their home on Monday.
The fire occurred later that night and it is unclear how it started.
Ratna Akter, Samsul’s eldest daughter, said: “There has been an ongoing land dispute with our neighbours, Shipon and Kajal, for quite some time.
“Based on this dispute, Shohag and Biplob were falsely accused in a murder case and since their father’s death in December, the neighbours have been sending them death threats.”
“While we were asleep this morning, a few people, including Shipon, Kajal, Robin and Lokman, hurled (crude) bombs into our house and set it on fire,” she alleged.
Meanwhile, Lochonpur Union Parishad Chairman Md Nurul Islam said: “We suspect that Biplob might have done this on purpose in order to file a case against his rivals.”
After inspecting the fire scene, Narsingdi Superintendent of Police Meraj Uddin Ahmed told reporters: “Although, the cause of the fire is not yet clear, we are not ruling out the possibility of an arson attack, as presence of flammable substance was detected.
“The fire was not a deadly one and members of the Fire Service were able to douse it quite easily.”
Previously, Biplob was accused in multiple cases, including murder, he added.