Video has emerged showing how parents throwing their two young children from the fifth floor of a burning building before jumping themselves.
The strained video, shot in Russia, shows the dramatic moment about twenty bystanders gather below the building to try and catch the falling escapees.
A fire had broken out in their apartment in the five-storey block in the town of Strunino near Moscow, and the family was forced to flee.
Parents Elena and Vitaly threw their children to be caught by a group of 20 neighbors and other onlookers as clouds of smoke billowed from the building.
“My husband realised we could not escape,” Elena told Russian news site Newinform. The whole apartment was filled with black smoke and we were choking. And I have a child with heart disease who is 11 months old. We got everything on the balcony, and my husband said, ‘We will jump, otherwise we cannot escape’.”
Video footage shows the youngest child, Zhenyu, being dropped to neighbours, followed by the second child, Xenia, before Elena climbs over the edge of the balcony and jumps.
Both children and Elena landed safely, however Vitaly was injured and taken to hospital.
Local authorities criticised the family, saying they should have closed all the windows and sealed them with wet towels to keep out toxic gases.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost