An undertrial, who was accused in a rape and murder case, allegedly tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire at a court lock-up in Burdwan district on Thursday.
Sukanta Sarkar alias Ravan (37) was in the lock-up of the SDJM's court in Asansol before being produced when he set himself on fire and sustained 80% burn injuries, police said.
He was taken to the Asansol Sub-divisional Hospital.
However, it was yet to be ascertained how he was able to set himself ablaze in the court lock-up in presence of policemen.
Sarkar was arrested on August 10, 2012 on charge of raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl.
The girl had gone missing after school hours on August 7 and her body with throat slit was found the next day.