15-year-old girl set on fire in Ujjian dies, family accuses neighbours

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ujjain
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2015 23:07 IST

A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly set on fire by some ‘unidentified persons’ on Tuesday night in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjian district, succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Indore, police said.

The girl, identified as Neha Khan, a resident of Cot Mohalla under Mahakal police station of district, was admitted to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore with 90% burn injuries, said Mahakal police station in-charge Manoj Dubey.

“An attempt to murder case has been registered against unidentified persons under Section-307 and investigation is on,” he said

“Neha’s elder brother, Nayim Khan was arrested by Mahakal police on Monday, after a girl from the same neighbourhood lodged a complaint of eve-teasing against him.”

“Failing to bear the humiliation, she might have set herself on fire,” Dubey added.

Neha’s relative, however, alleged that police were trying to cover-up the matter to protect the accused by registering a case against unmanned persons.

Neha’s brother-in-law, Rajid Khan accused the girl of lodging a false complaint against his brother-in-law, saying that the girl with the help of her family members had set his sister-in-law on fire.

Claiming that he had seen the girl and her family members rushing out of Neha’s room, he said: “I spotted the girl and some of her family members running out of Neha’s room. Still police have registered case against unidentified persons.”

Neha and her mother had been alone at home as the other family members had gone to the police station.

He said the girl, a neighbor was a friend of Neha’s younger sister.

“Nayim was against their friendship. A couple of week’s back he had warned the girl to stay away from the younger sister,” Rajid said.

“On Monday, the girl and Nayim had a heated argument over the issue. But the matter was amicably sorted out between the two families.”

However, the girl and her family members went to Mahakal police station and lodged a false eve-teasing complaint against Nayim, he added.

Later in the evening, Neha’s relatives and local residents blocked the road at Begambagh neighborhood in Ujjain demanding the immediate arrest of the accused.

Additional superintendent of police Asit Yadav pacified the crowd by assuring stern action against those found guilty in the matter.

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