According to the police spokesman, the fire was ‘mysterious’ in nature and broke out in the Thatched house ‘Kulla’ (thatched house) of one Kala Ram. Kala Ram is a resident of Nai Basti, Jamana Bella in Pargwal area of tehsil Akhnoor.
Kala Ram’s wife, Rajni Devi (30), who was alone at the home at that time, was charred to death in the fire that englufed the thatched hut in no time. The body received 70 percent burns and after the post-mortem at government hospital, Pargwal, the body was handed over back to the family for the last rites.
The spokesman said a case in this connection was registered at concerned police station and investigations were underway but prima facie it appears that fire erupted due to blast of cooking gas cylinder.