The suspected culprit, another member of the family, is absconding

Fire kills three of a family
Report by: 
EOI PRINCIPAL CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
4 Feb 2019

Madantola village under Manikchak police station saw the gruesome death of two babies namely Debashri Mandal, 4 and Priya Mandal (one year and four months) died along with their father Gobinda Mandal,  27, following a devastating fire in their house at Manikchak yesterday. Seven members of the same family including three minors are under treatment at Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH).  Makhan Mandal, one of the brothers of deceased Gobinda went absconding after the incident, and neighbours suspect that he had set houses of his two brothers on fire.  Senior police officials and a forensic team visited the place of occurrence too today.
It has been learnt from local sources that Gobinda got service on recommendation of his two other brothers Bikash and Laxman after death of their father Gadadhar Mandal, who died as an NVF worker. Makhan, third among the four brothers resented appointment of Gobinda and he had regular brawls with Bikash and Gobinda as learnt from the neighbours. Laxman works in other state as a migrant labourer.
Ashananda Pal, a primary school teacher and neighbour of Mandal family said, “I rushed to the spot last night smelling smoke. Houses of Bikash and Gobinda were burning. Primarily our target was to rescue the inhabitants of the house. Gobinda and his two daughters were brought out in critical condition and rushed to MMCH. However, none of them survived.”
Bikash Mandal and his family members were rescued by neighbours too and sent to MMCH where there condition are stated to be alarming still.
According to the neighbours, initially they suspected short-circuit as the cause of fire. “But later it was seen that earthen tiles were missing from roof of the scorched houses. Container of an inflammable liquid was found at the spot too. Makhan who alleged that he was deprived of a job had regular ruckus with his brothers. He is missing since such a massive fire-tragedy occurred. Primarily it seems that he had deliberately burnt his brothers’ families alive. He is a civic volunteer and posted at Manikchak police station,” a neighbour said.
However, officer in charge of Manikchak police station Kunal Das said, “Unidentified miscreants have been named in the complaint. However, police have not been ruling out the possibility of planned murder as the main doors of both the houses were closed from outside. A container of inflammable article was found from the spot too.”
Sabhadhipati of Malda zilla parishad Gourchandra Mandal and sabhapati of Manikchak panchayet samity rushed to Madantola village and spoke to neighbours. They assured that if anyone found involved in death of innocent kids and their family members, stern action would be taken.
Police said that post-mortem and forensic reports would help in cracking the case. A probe has been initiated into the tragic ruins of the families.