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‘Jilted lover’ puts vermillion on 17-year-old girl in UP before setting her on fire

A 17-year-old girl died after suffering burn injuries, with her family alleging that she was set afire by a jilted lover in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district. The girl’s family said in a police complaint that the accused barged into her house and put vermillion on her forehead before pouring kerosene.

lucknow Updated: May 30, 2018 18:16 IST
Press Trust of India, Unnao
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Police are not ruling out suicide.(Photo for representation)

A 17-year-old girl died after suffering burn injuries, with her family alleging that she was set afire by a jilted lover at Achalganj police station area in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district.

The girl, identified as Neha, was allegedly set ablaze by Vikas, a resident of the same village. He barged into her house and put vermillion on her forehead before pouring kerosene, the family said in a complaint.

The girl was rushed to a hospital by villagers where doctors pronounced her dead, police said. A case was lodged on the complaint of the father of the deceased and investigation is on, they added.

Superintendent of Police Harish Kumar, however, said preliminary investigation suggest that it could be a case of suicide as the girl was in a relationship with the man and was unhappy as his marriage had been fixed somewhere else.

First Published: May 30, 2018 18:10 IST