Seventeen-year-old Tanuja from Yamunanagar, who was set ablaze by a group of 11 youths on June 27, succumbed to burns at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here on Friday night.PGIMER officials said Tanuja had suffered 90% burn injuries and was brought to the institute in a critical condition last Sunday.
Yamunanagar SP Shashank Anand said that the charge of murder had been invoked against all 11 arrested accused after Tanuja’s death.
Her family members cremated the body at their native village of Milak Khas on Saturday evening.
The SP had told HT on Wednesday that as per the police complaint, a small chunk of land was allotted by the panchayat of Milak Khas to prime accused Amardeep’s family. The land was located in front of the victim’s house.
The plot was allotted for domestic chores, including putting cattle dung etc.
Victim’s family was upset over the allotment of plot as Amardeep was using the space to park his commercial vehicle in which he used to consume alcohol with his friends and play loud music, said the SP.
Amardeep, the main accused along with his friends attacked the poor family and set the girl afire at her house on June 27 night.
Besides, the attempt to murder (302), criminal intimidation (506), rioting (147), unlawful assembly (149), trespassing (452), the Yamunanagar police have also invoked the newly introduced section 326 (A) (hurt by acid attack etc) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Tanuja, who had turned 17 recently, had completed diploma in engineering from a Jagadhri polytechnic and was all set to contribute her bit by helping her daily-wager parents financially.
A resident of Balmiki basti in Yamunanagar’s Milak Khas village, the girl had complained to her parents on June 20 that some hooligans had been stalking her. A week later, she was doused in kerosene and set ablaze by the stalkers, Amardeep and Gulab and their nine accomplices.
Her family alleged that Amardeep and Gulab, both of who lived nearby, had been stalking Tanuja and her elder sister for 10 days before the incident. They had been passing obscene remarks and hurling abuses after parking themselves outside their house. On the evening of June 27, the youngsters, who were drunk, began playing loud music outside Tanuja’s house. When her family objected, the hooligans first threatened the family and later entered the house to set the girl ablaze.
During an interview with HT last week at PGIMER, the father of the girl demanded deterrent punishment for the accused. The stalkers had been harassing other girls too. We on the other hand took up the issue with the village sarpanch as it was getting too much.