Jamshedpur/Baharagora, May 28: An elderly man Shakti Manna (86) was burnt while sleeping in his thatched house in Khandamouda (Jambani) tola under Barsole thana area in Baharagora block of East Singhbhum on Thursday late night.
According to information, Shakti Manna had gone his younger brother Vimal Manna house on Thursday evening at around 8 pm and brought bread and after eating went to sleep burning the candle. On Friday early morning at around 5 am villagers informed Vimal Manna that smoke was coming out from his brother house and they rushed to the spot to find the house locked from inside and smoke coming out.
When they broke the door and entered to find Shakti Manna badly burnt on his bed and immediately informed Barsole thana OC Jyoti Lal Rajwar.
POlice reached the spot and started investigation. According to Vimal Manna, his elder brother was staying alone in his house since three months after death of his wife one year back and son died six months back. The deceased used to stay in his house in Jamuna Path at Bhatia Basti in Kadma.
The brother informed police that he was yet to be paid Rs 2 lakh by Pushpa Devi, buyer of his house in Kadma, and police are also investigating into angle of murder.
The brother informed that as electricity was not in the village due to cyclonic storm he was sleeping after lighting candle in his room and the house might have caught fire due to the candle. Police have send the body for post mortem.