A 30—year-old woman and her four-year-old son died were charred to death inside their car while they were trying to park the vehicle in the basement parking lot of the Sumadhura Anandam apartment complex in Whitefield on Friday afternoon. The reasons for the fire or why the victims were unable to get out of the vehicle are yet to be ascertained. Whitefield police have registered a case and are probing the incident.
“We suspect a short circuit in the wiring of the car to be the prima facie reason for the fire,” said Whitefield DCP Abdul Ahad.The deceased are identified as Neha Varma, and her son Param. Neha, the wife of a private firm employee Rajesh, had gone outside for shopping. She had taken her only son with her in her Maruti Ritz car. Security cameras have captured the image of the car entering the apartment compound and heading towards the basement around 3.25 pm. The fire reportedly started immediately and both of them were found charred to death inside the vehicle.
The security guard of the apartment, who was at the front gate noticed the smoke coming from basement, rushed to the spot to find the car on fire. The residents of the apartment alerted fire and emergency services and police. A 10-member team of firemen from Whitefield fire station rushed to the spot and tried to douse the fire on the vehicle. Fire officials said that both the deceased were on the front seats of the car. They also added that the fire would have been burning for atleast more than 20 minutes at a very high intensity as both bodies were completely charred beyond recognition. “We cannot say whether the fire originated inside the car or whether there was any external trigger at the moment,” said C Basavanna, Chief Fire Officer, Bengaluru (East).The police said, Neha’s husband Rajesh has filed a complaint. The family was from Belagavi, since Rajesh is working in the city they came here. Whitefield police who are investigating the case has sought an experts’ report to know the cause of fire and then to take necessary action.