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Three sisters charred to death in J-K
Banihal/Jammu, Feb 12: Three teenage sisters were killed in a fire at their house in a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district on Monday, officials said. The three-storey house in Dhanmasta-Tajnihal village in Ukhral block caught fire in the early hours of the day, they said. The victims – Bisma (18), Saika (14) and Saniya (11) – were sleeping on the top floor and were unable to escape as the fire had engulfed the house. Their bodies were found by personnel of the fire and emergency services, the officials said, adding that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Baseer-ul-Haq expressed his grief over the incident and said an immediate relief of Rs 3 lakh will be extended to the bereaved family under the Red Cross fund. “We stand with the family and will be providing full support and compensation as per SDRF norms,” the deputy commissioner said. In a post on X, Union Minister Jitendra Singh expressed his condolences to the bereaved family. (PTI)

Four kids die in land cave-in
Kolkata, Feb 12: Four school kids died in a sudden cave-in of earth near the India-Bangladesh borders at Chopra in West Bengal’s North Dinajpur district on Monday, officials said. The Border Security Force (BSF) jawans posted there immediately rushed the four kids to a nearby health centre where a doctor declared them dead. Local people have claimed that the four kids were playing in an area where the BSF jawans were digging for the purpose of installing a drain pipe. Probably, because of the digging, the adjacent underground soil softened significantly which led to the accident. Tension prevailed in the area following the unfortunate incident. The local residents have demanded that it should be investigated whether the soil- digging work was done with necessary permission for that. However, a BSF official in the area said that such allegations are unfortunate especially after the jawans of the force tried their best to rescue the kids by removing the soil. “Our men just played the role of rescuers,” he added. (IANS)

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