The police on Thursday charged a person, Gurmej Singh, with attempt to murder for setting his wife Palwinder Kaur (23) afire in Lohian area. A complaint in this regard was lodged by Baljinder Singh, brother of Palwinder.
Gurmej of Jakopur Khurd village of Lohian, who works as technician in a medical laboratory, allegedly set his wife Palwinder afire on February 25 over a petty issue. As per the police she was clipping the nails of her husband, when by mistake she gave him a minor cut. In a fit of rage, Gurmej allegedly poured kerosene oil on her and ignite the matchstick. Palwinder has received 100% burn injuries, station house officer Manjit Singh told HT.
Earlier, in the presence of a magistrate, Palwinder in her statement had claimed that she received burn injuries accidently when she was cooking food, the SHO said. However, a case was registered against Gurmej after Palwinder's parents complained to the police.
Gurmej is reportedly absconding and efforts were on to arrest him, the SHO added.
Meanwhile, condition of victim, who is under treatment at a private hospital, is stated to be critical, he said.