The police arrested a senior citizen from Pydhonie on Tuesday for allegedly setting ablaze her granddaughter's boyfriend. The accused identified as Sunkuamma Gurumma, 60, did not like her 14-year-old granddaughters meeting Ramu Tarangkuru, 18.
Tarangkuru and the girl were allegedly having an affair since the past six months.
Gurumma, a vegetable vendor who resides in Baroda Street, Pydhonie, had earlier warned Tarangkuru several times, but he kept meeting her granddaughter.
According to Shamsherkhan Pathan, senior police inspector at Pydhonie police station, Gurumma was in her house last Saturday when a neighbour informed her that she had seen the girl and Tarangkuru, both of who are school dropouts, together in the area.
"Gurumma, who got furious, lifted a kerosene container and in a fit of rage left the house. She frantically searched the area, but could not find the couple," said Pathan.
After a while, she spotted the two in the house of Tarangkuru's cousin a few meters away from their house.
"Gurumma dragged her granddaughter and Tarangkuru out of the house and began hitting them. When Tarangkuru resisted, Gurumma poured kerosene on him and set him ablaze," added Pathan.
Locals doused the fire by pouring water on Tarangkuru, but the boy, who suffered 50% burn injuries, is in a critical condition at Masina Hospital.
The police arrested Gurumma on the charge of attempt to murder. She was presented before the court and was remanded to police custody till Friday.