Piqued over a woman turning down his marriage proposal, a 27-year-old man, along with his accomplice, allegedly set her live-in partner’s flat on fire after stealing their air conditioner and inverter battery in Sector 32, Chandigarh Road.
Division Number 7 SHO Sandeep Kumar Garg (centre) giving details about the arrest of the accused in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
The accused, who has been identified as Vishal Dhiman of Dashmesh Nagar, Gill Road, has been arrested. He runs a welding workshop.
His accomplice, Harpreet Singh alias Happy, of Gill Road, who works at his workshop, is at large.
Police claimed that Dhiman confessed that he was in love with the woman, who worked in an orchestra group, and had been living with the group’s owner Gurdarshan Singh.
However, when he proposed her for marriage, she turned him down, following which he decided to take revenge.
Giving details, Sandeep Kumar Garg, station house officer (SHO), Division Number 7, said Dhiman and Harpreet Singh went to the woman’s house on Sunday and stole an air conditioner and inverter battery.
Later, they poured petrol on the flat and set it afire, before fleeing the spot.
The woman and her live-in partner were not present at the flat at the time of the incident. On returning home,Gurdarshan was shocked to see his house on fire, and lodged a complaint against unidentified accused. Garg said on investigating the matter, they found Dhiman was behind the crime, following which he was arrested and produced before the court that remanded him in one-day police custody.