Teenage sisters set on fire by unidentified persons in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly

The assailants attacked the girls while they were sleeping in the courtyard of their house.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 19:47 IST
Chandan Kumar
Chandan Kumar
Hindustan Times, Bareilly
Crime against women,Uttar Pradesh crime,Bareilly
Unidentified persons set on fire two teenage sisters while they were sleeping in the courtyard of their house in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly. (Representative image )

Two teenage sisters suffered burn injuries after unidentified assailants doused them in petrol and set them on fire in Nawabganj area of Bareilly in the wee hours of Friday, police said.

The teenage girls, aged 19 and 17, were sleeping in the courtyard of their house at Deorania Jahangir village when they were attacked.

The victims were admitted to the intensive care unit of the district hospital with 60% second and third degree burns.

The Nawabganj police registered an FIR against unidentified persons under 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating the case jointly with the crime branch.

“Additional charges will be added as the investigation progresses,” said Joginder Kumar, superintendent of police (SP), Bareilly.

Victims’ father, who was sleeping in an adjoining room, said: “They started screaming in the middle of the night. I woke up and saw them burning. I have never heard anyone cry out like that...they were burning like dry wood.”

The parents tried to douse the fire using blankets, but by the time they managed to do so, the girls had sustained burns all over their bodies.

Hospital sources, however, said the victims were out of danger.

“Prima facie, it seems the attackers entered the house through the outer door, which was reportedly left open in the night. Our teams are interrogating close relatives and neighbours of the victims for more details,” said Kumar.

Police also recovered two mobile phones from the spot. “We are trying to identify the people who contacted the victims before the incident. Two suspects have been summoned to the police station for quizzing,” he added.

Meanwhile, the girls’ parents appealed to the district administration to ensure the best possible medical treatment for them. Following their request, the district magistrate directed the sub-divisional magistrate to assist the family.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 19:46 IST