Friday, 17 November, 2017

Chennai: Engineer dies after alleged stalker burns her alive

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Wilma Wheeler | 15 November, 2017, 00:52

Chennai: In a shocking incident, a city techie was set ablaze by her stalker at Adambakkam on Monday night. The victim's mother and sister have also been injured in the incident, as they tried to save the victim and have been hospitalized with severe burns.

A 21-year old woman was set afire allegedly by a former schoolmate for declining his marriage proposal, police said today. According to police the detained was pursuing the deceased, Induja, to accept his friendship for almost a month. Recently when he learnt that the family was looking for a groom for Sinduja, he came to their house in Saraswathi Street on Monday night and picked up a fight.

Police said, the man splashed petrol on Induja and used a lighter to set her on fire. However, it was said to be a completely one-sided affair as Indhuja had never shown interest in him beyond friendship.

Hearing cries, neighbours rushed to help the family and took them to the hospital. Induja succumbed to her injuries on her way to the hospital. The woman's mother and sister were also sustained burn injuries while trying to save the victim.

Other reports, however, claim that there had been an altercation between Indhuja and the stalker first, after which he poured the petrol on her.

Media reports cited neighbours claiming that the ambulance arrived too late, at least 40 minutes after a call was made.

The victim, an engineering graduate, was reportedly working in a company for the last few months.

Induja's father was not at home at the time, according to NDTV.

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