A 60-year-old woman, who was set on fire by a group of people led by a village sarpanch in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh district on Tuesday night, succumbed to her injuries a day after, police said.
Prithvipur police station officer LS Yadav said the victim, Rajan Bai died on Wednesday evening while undergoing treatment at a Jhansi hospital.
He said Rajan was returning to her home when she was accosted by village sarpanch Rahees Yadav and his eight accomplices. After a brief argument with the woman, the group poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze.
The incident took place at district’s Maujan village over old rivalries between supporters of current sarpanch and his predecessor.
Rajan was rushed to Prithvipur Community Health Centre from where she was referred to Jhansi hospital with 80% burn injuries.
Based on the victim’s statement recorded at the health centre, police registered a case against the sarpanch and eight others, who are on run.
Police said investigations revealed that there was animosity between supporters of present and former sarpanch. Victim’s son Mukesh Yadav, who is an aide of former sarpanch, accompanied with some of his friends had earlier engaged in a “heated argument” with a group of people loyal to current village head.
Police suspect his mother was set ablaze in retaliation.
Further investigations were on and a manhunt was launched to nab the accused, the police official said.