VASCO: A family member in Vasco has accused foul play, days after a mother and daughter died there, allegedly from an explosion.
The son of Jaidevi Chauhan, fifty, and brother of Shivani Rajawat, twenty-six, both of whom perished in the explosion, Shubham Singh Chauhan has written to the subdivisional magistrate (SDM), Mormugao, requesting a comprehensive investigation.
“The family of the deceased persons has filed a complaint, alleging foul play,” SDM stated.
“I’ll begin an investigation and document statements.” Under the law, the SDM is required to investigate and provide a report if a woman passes away from an unnatural cause within seven years of marriage.
A 26-year-old woman and her elderly mother-in-law were killed in a blast of an LPG cylinder at their residence in Vasco.
Shivani was four-and-half months pregnant and was staying with her mother Jaidevi and her husband Anurag at New Vaddem.
Shivani’s husband works in the Navy and was not at home at the time of the incident. Sources said the women were supposed to leave for their native place in Gwalior later in the day.
Disclosing more details of the incident, PSI Swapnil Naik of Vasco police station said they got a call about the blast initially but were later informed of the two deaths.
“When we reached the spot both the women were lying dead in the kitchen. The windows of the kitchen, bedroom and all the doors were closed. We feel that the cylinder may have been accidentally left open at night and the blast may occurred after one of them tried to light the gas in the morning”, he had said.