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Ludhiana shopkeeper records statement before dying, says woman set him ablaze

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2016 12:57 IST
HT Correspondent
Ludhiana

In a major twist, a 30-year-old shopkeeper succumbed to his burn injuries at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on late Saturday night after recording his statement before the magistrate. Earlier, the man was suspected to have set himself and his former employee, a mother of three children, ablaze after she reportedly declined his marriage proposal. But in his statement before the magistrate, the shopkeeper, Vinay Sharma, said that the woman Jahanvi (33) had set him ablaze.

The police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) against the woman identified as Jahanvi (33) of Subhash Nagar. The woman, meanwhile, is absconding. The woman had also suffered mild burn injuries in the incident. She was discharged from the hospital after administrating treatment.

Inspector Ashok Kumar, SHO at the Basti Jodhewal police station said the police had earlier been suspecting Vinay Sharma to be the accused. The woman had alleged that Vinay Sharma had tried to burn her after she turned down his proposal after pouring petrol on her on Saturday. She claimed that after the failed bid, he sprinkled the leftover petrol on him and set himself ablaze. In his statement Vinay Sharma stated that Jahanvi (33) was an employee at his shop of water purifiers but she left the job around seven months ago. He said that on Saturday Jahanvi telephoned him and asked him to come home. She also asked him to bring some petrol for her scooter. When he reached, Jahanvi made him sit in the room. She poured petrol on him and set him ablaze. In the attempt, she also suffered mild burn injuries. The man said that he was in a relationship with the woman, but it relations turned sour.

STATEMENT BEFORE MAGISTRATE

In his statement Vinay Sharma stated that Jahanvi (33) was an employee at his shop of water purifiers but she left the job around seven months ago. He said that on Saturday Jahanvi telephoned him and asked him to come home.

She also asked him to bring some |petrol for her scooter. When he reached, Jahanvi made him sit in the room. She poured petrol on him and set him ablaze. In the attempt, she also suffered mild burn injuries. The man said that he was in a relationship with the woman, but it relations turned sour.