Two siblings were burned to death allegedly by their marine engineer paternal uncle over a family feud at Kabirpur village in Shailakupa upazila of Jhenidah district on Sunday.
Two more people also suffered burn injuries in the incident. The deceased were identified as Safin, 9, and his brother Amin, 7, sons of Delwar Hossain Depu of Kabirpur Bridgepara area while the injured are Jesmin and her son Mahin, 15.
Police and locals said Iqbal Hossain, son of Golam Nabi, who was an expatriate, had been in loggerheads with his family members over the fate of money he remitted from abroad. He locked into an altercation with the family members around 7pm on Sunday over the issue.
At one stage, Iqbal tied his sister Jesmin, nephew (sister’s son) Mahin and two other nephews (brother’s sons) Safin and Amim with a cot in a room of the house and set them on ablaze after pouring flammable object on them. Safin and Amin died on the spot while Jesmin and Mahin received serious burn injuries. Jesmin was taken to Kushtia Medical College Hospital while Mahin to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, locals caught Iqbal and handed him over to police after a good beating. On information, police recovered the bodies. Neighbours said the family members had spent the money Iqbal sent from abroad which angered him, according to UNB. -Mithun