Chen­nai techie set ablaze by stalker, dies

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Chen­nai: A 23-year-old stalker burned his for­mer class­mate to death in her Adambakkam apart­ment on Mon­day night af­ter she re­fused to marry him, po­lice said. Her mother and sis­ter who tried to over­power the man suf­fered burns and are bat­tling for life at Gov­ern­ment Kil­pauk Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice later the ar­rested the ac­cused, M Aakash of Ka­ma­ra­japu­ram in Velach­ery, and a court sent him to jail.

Akash, who stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing with S Ind­huja, 22, had been stalk­ing her for more than a month af­ter she turned down his over­tures and told him her fam­ily was seek­ing a wed­ding pro­posal. Aakash, who worked as a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive for four months, is now job­less, while Ind­huja was a trainee at an IT firm on Old Ma­ha­bal­lipu­ram Road. On Mon­day, Aakash went to her house in Saraswathy Na­gar at 8.45pm. Ind­huja and her fam­ily were ini­tially re­luc­tant to open the door, but let him in af­ter he claimed he only wanted to speak to her for a few minutes. Her younger brother was on the ter­race. Ind­huja’s fa­ther Shan­mugam is in Canada.

“An ar­gu­ment broke out af­ter Ind­huja told him she would only marry a groom cho­sen by her par­ents,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer. Aakash then took a can of petrol which he had kept out­side and tried to pour it on her. When Ind­huja’s mother Renuka and sis­ter Nivedha tried to stop him, they were also doused in petrol. “Scared, Ind­huja then ran into her bed­room, when he lit a lighter and threw it on her,” the of­fi­cer said. Renuka and Nivedha sus­tained burns when they held her and tried to put out the fire.

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