Chennai engineer set on fire by her spurned lover, dies

Engineer burnt alive by spurned lover on the doorstep of her home in Chennai

In a horrendous incident coming from the city of Chennai, a 22-year-old girl died on Monday after a man who is reported to be a former classmate and long-time stalker set her on fire.

The victims sister and mother suffered severe injuries when they tried to save her, police said, adding the duo is admitted in a hospital in critical condition. Induja, 21, was in her house with her mother Renuka and her siblings Nivedita and Manoj when Akash confronted them around 9 pm. On another hand, the family says that Akash has been stalking and harassing Indhuja from past one month.

Induja's relatives alleged that Akash had been pursuing Induja against her wishes for almost a month.

Sindhuja was allegedly set ablaze by 25-year-old Akash, who is in police custody now.

The incident occurred on Monday night in South Chennai's Velachery.

While a few reports said that the neighbours were the ones who nabbed Akash, an India Today report said that the accused had escaped the scene and was arrested on Tuesday morning.

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

Akash took a yellow plastic can along with him, the police said. And when they opened the door he poured the can of petrol on Induja. Her mother and sister sustained burn injuries when they tried to save her.

Upon hearing cries, neighbours rushed to call an ambulance, which they claim arrived after 40 minutes.

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

Induja died before she could be taken to a hospital.

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