Couple's bid to 'kill self'

KHOTANG: A couple in Baspani-9 attempted to take their lives by setting themselves ablaze after pouring kerosene on bodies.

Jaya Bahadur Rai, 45, and his wife Dambar Kumari Rai, 40, set each other on fire last Wednesday night. Their bodies have been charred and they have been referred to an advanced health facility as they could not be treated at the District Hospital. The duo blamed each other for the fire. The wife accused that her husband had set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her while asleep. The husband, however, denied doing that. "She was drunk and lit the fire on her body herself. When I pleaded her not to do so, she set me afire," he said.

Neighbours had found the couple unconscious and took them to the nearby health post. The health post had sent them to Diktel for further treatment. According to Dr Krishna Maharjan, the duo has been referred to another health facility.