After being raped and set on fire by boyfriend, girl dies

A teenage girl, who was allegedly raped by her boyfriend before being set on fire on May 11, succumbed to her injuries on Friday. The incident had occurred at Chitbadagaon in Ballia district.

While the boyfriend — Upendra Pal — has been arrested, two other accused — Kedarnath and Tejnath Pal — are still absconding.

Station Officer (Chitbadagaon) Vijay Yadav said the girl had sustained more than 60 per cent burn injuries and died around 4 am in district hospital where she was admitted. "Now murder charge has been added, along with that of rape, against the accused," said Yadav.

Circle Officer (Sadar) Piyush Kumar Singh said the case has been registered on the basis of the statement of the victim recorded earlier in the hospital. "Kedarnath and Tejnath Pal, who are relatives of Upendra, have been booked on murder charges. Upendra has been arrested. Efforts are on to nab the other two," said Singh.

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