Chennai girl dies af­ter stalker sets her on fire

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - KV Lak­sh­mana klak­sh­mana@htlive.com ▪

CHENNAI: A young woman in Chennai died of burns af­ter she, her mother and her sis­ter were al­legedly set on fire by a man who po­lice said had been stalk­ing her.

Po­lice de­tained the sus­pect, 23-year-old Akash, who had been pur­su­ing In­duja against her wishes for nearly a month.

The at­tack took place around 9 pm on Mon­day, when Akash went to the woman’s house in South Chennai’s Velach­ery.

He had taken along a yel­low plas­tic can­is­ter, po­lice said, and first threat­ened to com­mit sui­cide out­side the house.

When the three women came out, he re­port­edly threw petrol on them and set them afire with a cig­a­rette lighter. Hear­ing the screams, the neigh­bours came to their res­cue and called the po­lice and an am­bu­lance. In­duja died be­fore she could be taken to hos­pi­tal.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in­spec­tor S Murali said the mo­tive was “very clear”. “He was purs­ing the girl even though she re­jected him.” He said Akash was un­em­ployed, and the woman was do­ing a spe­cialised course af­ter com­plet­ing her en­gi­neer­ing.

A neigh­bour said the am­bu­lance ar­rived 40 min­utes af­ter the call. The trio was rushed to the Kil­pauk Med­i­cal Col­lege.

“The mother has 49% burns, daugh­ter has 23% burns. They are very crit­i­cal and are in ICU. If they need ven­ti­la­tor sup­port, it is ready. We are pro­vid­ing them all med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties. We will be able to (talk about) their sur­vival only af­ter 48 hours,” the dean of the hos­pi­tal said. In­duja’s fa­ther is work­ing in Canada.

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