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Gujarat man sets ablaze brother’s house, two died in the tragic incident

The 67-year-old teacher, Mohammad Ibrahim Shah, was battling for his life after he sustained 90 percent burns while his younger daughter Zulekha (43) and his wife Sherbano (65) were charred to death after the house torched. The tragic incident took place at Rajkot after the Eid celebration.

The police said that this was the result of an ugly fall-out between two brothers – Ibrahim and his elder brother Haji Yusuf Shah (75). The brothers were living in the same compound and the younger brother Ibrahim had a bigger house whereas the elder brother, Yusuf, had a small room.

Around 1:30 am, Yusuf went to Ibrahim’s house with an inflammable liquid and started pouring the liquid on house’s walls. Ibrahim and his elder daughter-Sabera were sleeping outside the room and his wife and younger daughter were sleeping inside. Haji set ablaze the house on fire and he also sustained few burns. The neighbours called the police and fire brigade upon hearing cries for help and they were immediately rushed to GK General Hospital.

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MJ Jalu, senior police inspector, Bhuj Division told, “Sherbano and Zulekha sustained 95 percent burns and succumbed to their injuries within three hours of hospitalisation. Ibrahim sustained 90 percent burns and his condition is very critical. Sabera and Haji-the accused sustained 25 per cent burns.” Police have booked Haji for murder as per Sabera’s statement given to officers.

The brothers had been fighting over the house in which Ibrahim lived for past nine years. The property is valued at around Rs 25 lakh, according to police sources.


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