Refused cigarettes for free, a man in Muzaffarpur set a woman on fire at her kiosk on Monday.
Nazma Khatoon, 32, of Kachchi Sarai locality under Mithanpura police station in Muzaffarpur district, sustained 25% burn injuries and is undergoing treatment at the local Sadar hospital, the police said.
The accused, Mohammad Faroz, is absconding along with his brother, who was also involved in the incident.
According to sources, Faroz, who lives in the same locality, poured kerosene over the victim's head and set her on fire at her corner paan and cigarette shop for refusing him cigarettes.
Khatoon said Faroz already owed her money to the tune of Rs. 1,400 and she asked him to clear the dues before giving him cigarettes on credit again.
"Faroz soon came to my kiosk with his younger brother, Mohammad Nazir, and attacked me with an iron rod. Then he poured kerosene on me and set me on fire," Khatoon said.
The victim said she somehow managed to escape with the help of other locals. Deputy superintendent of police (town) Upendra Kumar Yadav said the incident appears to be the upshot of personal enmity.
"The two have had a dispute over a piece of land for a couple of years," he said.
The officer said the police have registered a case and are conducting raids to nab the accused duo.