IRATE OVER setting a woman afire for dowry by her husband, local hooligans led by victim’s kin raided the house of her in-laws in Bazar Khala on Wednesday.
The woman, Rani Gupta, suffered serious burn injuries on Tuesday and is undergoing treatment at KGMU.
The angry mob not only vandalised the house and set the household property on fire but also robbed the valuables at will. The group of ruffians even thrashed handicapped brother of the woman’s husband and tried to set him afire too.
Sources in police revealed that the hooligans even hurled petrol bombs on the house.
The local police did not reach the place even though they were informed about the mob’s movement towards the house. The cops merely lodged an FIR against father and two brothers of the woman along with seven others but no action has yet been initiated in this connection.
The sequence of event began around 9.30 am when a mob of over two-dozen people gathered at Chaupatian crossing in Chowk. Led by Rani’s father and brothers, the people alleged that the police were extending help to woman’s husband Suraj instead of initiating action against him. Suraj and his mother Lakshmi were already arrested on Tuesday night.
The people earlier had seen cops taking Suraj to hospital for medical treatment as he too had suffered burn injuries on his hands. But, Rani’s kin mistaken it as Suraj had been released from the police station.
However, the mob walked later to Haiderganj area and a group of hooligans led by Rani’s father MP Gupta and her two brothers reached Suraj’s house in the same locality. The mob barged into the house and started damaging all household property including refrigerator, television, utensils, furniture and other appliances.
The angry mob later set the furniture and a two-wheeler on fire. The youths did not spare Suraj’s handicapped brother Gyan Prakash too and assaulted him brutally. A few of the intruders even tried to set Gyan afire but others intervened and the latter escaped the fatal attack.
It was a free-for-all situation in the house as they even collected jewellery and cash from the house.
The police reached the place only after the group of goons left the place.
The cops revealed that Suraj too had suffered burns on his hands and he was the person who had taken Rani to the hospital. Rani’s kin had lodged an FIR against Suraj and his mother alleging that the woman was attacked for dowry.