Three minor sisters allegedly died due to “malnutrition/ starvation” in east Delhi’s Mandawali on Tuesday.

Doctors in the preliminary post-mortem report said “the cause of death is malnutrition/starvation and its complication”, confirmed Pankaj Singh, DCP (East). A medical board has been formed to conduct a re-post-mortem to confirm the exact cause of death and submit its report.

He added that no foul play was suspected as no injury marks were found on their bodies.

Mansi (8), Shikha (4) and Parul (2) were found dead at their one-room house in Mandawali.

Mother’s mental health

They were taken to Lal Bahadur Hospital by locals where doctors declared them brought dead.

The hospital informed the police about the case.

Their mother Bina is suffering from mental health issues, while father Mangal remains untraceable.

He had left home in search of job two days ago but has not returned yet, the police said.

The police quoted the locals that after the family was evicted by their landlord over non-payment of rent, a man in the neighbourhood had given them shelter.

Mangal is a labourer who picks up odd jobs to feed his family. The family hails from a West Bengal village.

“Mangal was a rickshaw-puller. However, his rickshaw was stolen a few days ago. The rickshaw owner who was also his landlord asked him to vacate the house as he was unable to pay rent as well as compensation for the stolen rickshaw. Mangal was seen washing dishes at roadside eateries by the locals,” said a police officer.

Magisterial inquiry

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said a magisterial inquiry had been ordered.

He said the family had come to the house in Mandawali as guests two days ago and that the father had not returned from work, while the mother suffered from mental health issues.

Manoj Tiwari, MP (north-east Delhi) and Delhi BJP president, said that a thorough inquiry into the matter is important.

The society too should take notice of this mishap and come forward to help the destitute, he said.

He hoped that the Arvind Kejriwal government will learn a lesson from the incident and will concentrate on meeting the basic necessities of the people rather than playing politics over ration distribution .

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