Father sets fire to house:
Three children burnt to death
Four members of the same family were killed and another seriously
injured when their house was allegedly set on fire by the chief
occupant. The incident took place in Kahathuduwa, Piliyandala on Monday
around 11.00 pm. Police spokesman SSP I. M. Karunaratna said following a
family dispute between the husband and the wife, the husband set the
house on fire in Kahathuduwa.
The suspect and his three children - two daughters and a son - were
burnt to death while his wife who sustained burn injuries has been
admitted to the Kalubowila hospital.
”Initial investigations revealed that the couple belonged to two
different religions and a heated argument had developed on their
different religions. The father had then poured petrol around the house
and set it on fire”, he added.
Neighbours tried to douse the fire which completely gutted the
SSP Karunaratna said the victims were identified as K. Dassanayake
(45), K. Sevvandi (19), K. Madushani (15) and Shehan Dassanayake (9).
Kahathuduwa police are investigating.