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Man dies of burns after setting woman afire over dispute in Pune

Apr 26, 2022 10:03 PM IST

PUNE A 35-year-old man set a woman ablaze over a dispute following which he also suffered burns and died at Wadgaon Sheri, while the woman later succumbed to burn injuries in a hospital, police said on Tuesday

PUNE A 35-year-old man set a woman ablaze over a dispute following which he also suffered burns and died at Wadgaon Sheri, while the woman later succumbed to burn injuries in a hospital, police said on Tuesday.

Fire at A-Z Tailor shop at Wadgaon Sheri, on Tuesday. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Fire at A-Z Tailor shop at Wadgaon Sheri, on Tuesday. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

The deceased woman was identified as Bala Noya Joning, 32, a resident of Wadgaon Sheri while the man was identified as Milind Govindrao Nathsagar, 35, a resident of Mandale Niwas in Wadgaon Sheri area of Pune.

Another person who tried to save them has also sustained around 35% burns in the fire and is undergoing treatment, according to the police and fire department officials.

The woman gave her dying declaration in presence of a doctor which was explained to her in Hindi by a translator. It was turned into a complaint against the man who is deceased.

Joning owned and ran a tailoring shop called A to Z Tailors. Nathsagar used to work as a tailor at the complainant’s shop. However, eight days ago, she had fired him from the job that he had been doing for the past two years.

The woman has two children - an 8-year-old son who is now with her cousin and a 10-year-old daughter who is in Odisha.

After being fired, the man had come to the shop twice to fight with the woman about his ouster. However, the woman told the police that he was cutting corners at work and also shaved off some money from payments.

According to police sub-inspector Vivek Sisal of Chandannagar police station, the woman originally hailed from Odisha and was living in Pune since past seven years. “She is a divorcee and came here from Odisha 14 years ago and ran the shop for seven years. She passed away 3-4 hours after we recorded her statement, so it became her dying declaration. She had sustained 90% burns and so had the man,” said Sisal who is investigating the case.

The woman submitted in her complaint that she ran the shop, which was gutted in the fire, for seven years and used to have arguments with Nathsagar over his shoddy work and was fired.

As the woman was doing cutting work of cloths in the hours after the shop was closed, the man arrived there with a can full of petrol around 11:30pm on Monday. The woman told the police that he poured the petrol on her and set her afire using a mechanical lighter while saying that he was doing so to take revenge of his ouster, said officials.

The police are investigating the source of the petrol that he was carrying. The man had a Bullet motorcycle in his possession. “It could be from his bike. The can was of about five litre. We found it on the spot in damaged condition,” said PSI Sisal.

The identity of the injured man could not be ascertained immediately. “He has sustained around 30-35% burns. He owns a mobile shop across the street from the woman. He saw the fire and tried to open the shop shutter when licks of fire touched him and caused burns,” said PSI Sisal.

A case under Sections 307 and 436 of Indian Penal Code was registered at Chandannagar police station. Police-sub inspector Vivek Sisal is investigating the case. The section for murder will be added by the police.

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