Spurned lover burns 21-yr-old Chennai engineer alive, family suffers injuries

Spurned lover burns 21-yr-old Chennai engineer alive, family suffers injuries

A woman in Chennai died of burns after she, her mother and her sister were allegedly set on fire by a man who police said was stalking her. Induja succumbed to her burns at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital while her mother Renuka and sister were hospitalised with serious burns, sources said.

The gory incident occurred at around 8.45 pm last night, when Akash went to Induja's home in Adambakkam and was refused entry to see her.

According to the police, Akash, a college dropout had proposed Sinduja, which she is believed to have rejected. The accused had been stalking the victim for over a month, claiming he was in love with her. According to police the detained was pursuing the deceased, Induja, to accept his friendship for almost a month. When her parents started to look for groom for the victim, Akash got angry.

The suspect, 23-year-old Akash, a science graduate, who was pursuing Induja against her wishes was arrested following the incident.

Police said, the man splashed petrol on Induja and used a lighter to set her on fire.

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The Chennai Police have detained one Akash in connection to the incident.

Neighbours, hearing cries, rushed to help the family and rushed them to hospital. Her mother and sister sustained burn injuries when they tried to save her.

A neighbour said the ambulance arrived too late, at least 40 minutes after a call was made.

Induja died before she could be taken to a hospital.

The victim was an engineer by profession and the accused was a classmate in school. Induja's father reportedly works in Dubai.

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