The controversial case in which a city youth had allegedly set afire his girlfriend took a new turn on Friday.
The parents of the accused claimed that their son was innocent, and was being falsely implicated in the case.
Gopi Kishan was arrested on Wednesday after his girlfriend Manu, who's been undergoing treatment for 95% burns at CMC Hospital, alleged that he had set her ablaze.
Expressing her sympathies with Manu, Gopi's mother Sharda said she had no clue why she was blaming her son.
Sharda said on the day of the incident Gopi had left the house at around 9 am. "He did not go anywhere. It might be possible that someone else set afire the girl. Instead of investigating the matter, the police have trapped my son."
Sharda also denied any relationship between Gopi and Manu. "Had they been involved, my son would have told me."
Gopi's father Rakesh Kumar, who runs a tea stall, said the police came to his shop on October 6 seeking the whereabouts of their son.
"I took the policemen to Nanda Palace where Gopi worked as a scavenger. My son was surprised to see the police officials. When I told him the police were looking for him, he was shocked," said Rakesh.
Rakesh said had his son committed the crime he would have escaped.
Rakesh claimed it was not practically possible for one person to drag a girl from the road and set her afire. He claimed that the police officers had earlier given a clean chit to Gopi. "I was surprised when they slapped charges on my son."
On Thursday, Gopi was sent to two-day police custody, while Manu's condition is stated to be critical.