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Baby and toddler die in house fire allegedly set by family's upper caste neighbors in India

  • Relatives carry the bodies of a baby and a toddler killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors, as angry residents block a highway in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The 2½-year-old and 9-month old were sleeping when the attackers poured gasoline and set the fire in Sunpedh village Monday night. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)

    Relatives carry the bodies of a baby and a toddler killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors, as angry residents block a highway in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The 2½-year-old and 9-month old were sleeping when the attackers poured gasoline and set the fire in Sunpedh village Monday night. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives try to console Indian man Jitender, whose two children were killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors, in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The 2½-year-old and 9-month old were sleeping when the attackers poured gasoline and set the fire in Sunpedh village Monday night. Jitender was injured as he tried to break down the locked door of the house. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)

    Relatives try to console Indian man Jitender, whose two children were killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors, in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The 2½-year-old and 9-month old were sleeping when the attackers poured gasoline and set the fire in Sunpedh village Monday night. Jitender was injured as he tried to break down the locked door of the house. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police try to disperse the crowd after angry residents blocked a highway in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested after a baby and a toddler were killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)

    Police try to disperse the crowd after angry residents blocked a highway in Faridabad near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015. The residents blocked the key highway near the Indian capital to demand the attackers be arrested after a baby and a toddler were killed in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors.(AP Photo/ Vijay Kumar)  (The Associated Press)

A baby and a toddler have died in a house fire allegedly set by their family's upper caste neighbors near the Indian capital.

In protest, residents placed the bodies of the children on a key highway in Faridabad near Delhi on Wednesday and demanded the arrest of the attackers.

The 2½-year-old and 9-month old were sleeping when the attackers poured gasoline and set the fire in the house in Sunpedh village. The children died while their mother was in critical condition, police said.

Police said there was enmity between the castes since three upper caste men were killed last year.

Caste discrimination is outlawed but persists in Indian society. Disputes between different castes are a common cause of violence.