Woman techie set ablaze by spurned youth in Chennai

15 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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A 22-year-old woman - a techie - died on Tuesday morning after a spurned lover set her ablaze in her home at Adambakkam in Chennai on Monday night.

While her mother Renuka suffered 50 percent burns, her younger sister Nivedhika suffered 20 percent burn injuries.

Induja's family too fell victim to his scorned rage as they tried to save her.

Police said they detained the suspect, 23-year-old Akash, who was pursuing Induja against her wishes for almost a month.

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Sindhuja was allegedly set ablaze by 25-year-old Akash, who is in police custody now. Induja's parents were averse to Akash meeting her. "When they opened the door, he poured petrol and set them on fire, and fled the spot", he was quoted as saying on the NDTV report. 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. However, it was said to be a completely one-sided affair as Indhuja had never shown interest in him beyond friendship. The mother has suffered 49% burns, while the sister is in ICU at the Kilpauk Medical Hospital, according to News18. Induja succumbed to her injuries on her way to the hospital.

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

The victim, an engineering graduate, was reportedly working in a company for the last few months. He forced the girl and her family members to open the door by threatening them of committing suicide by setting himself on fire.

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