Allahabad: Friend throws burning cloth on girl, arrested

A girl pursuing B Tech from Allahabad University (AU) Tuesday sustained burn injuries when her male friend allegedly threw a burning cloth on her in Colonelganj area of the city. The police said the girl is out of danger and the accused has been arrested. The incident appeared to be a case of one-sided attraction.

According to the police, the accused and the victim, both in their early 20s, knew each other from their native place, Masaudhi in Patna.

The incident occurred around 2 pm on Bank Road in Colonelganj area. The police said Riya and her friend Munna Yadav were walking when suddenly he set afire a T-shirt, apparently dipped in petrol, and threw it on her. He had reportedly been carrying the petrol dipped T-shirt in his backpack. Riya was rushed to Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, from where she was taken to a private hospital. Munna was caught by locals and handed over to the police.

"The girl sustained around 20 per cent injuries on her back, neck and arms. She has been taken to a private hospital for better treatment,'' said Circle Officer (Colonelganj), Ajay Kumar Singh. "The accused has been arrested and a case under Sections 307 and 326 of the IPC has been registered,''said Singh.

Police said Riya is a fifth semester student of B Tech (Electronics and Communications) at J K Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, part of the AU. Munna is currently pursuing a polytechnic course in Patna.

Munna arrived in the city Monday night. "The two were together since morning. It appears Munna, who was in touch with the victim through Facebook and phone, was not happy with Riya's friendship with another person,'' said a police official.

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