A married man, Manoj Singh has set an 18-year-old girl on fire for repeatedly turning down his love overtures.
According to Hindustan Times, Singh is a driver by profession while the girl is a second-year university student.
A senior superintendent of police Pauri Garhwal, Jagat Ram Joshi, said the girl sustained about 80 per cent burn injuries and is undergoing treatment at the hospital, where her condition is said to be critical.
The accused has since been arrested.
Joshi said, “The incident took place on Sunday evening at 8pm when the girl was on her way back home from college in her two-wheeler. The accused, intercepted and forced her to stop. He expressed his love to which the girl refused straightaway saying she did not want to talk to him. Furious at her reply, Singh poured petrol on her from a can that he was carrying, set her on fire and fled.”
He added, “After some time, a passerby found her crying in pain and informed the police who reached the spot and rushed her to a nearby hospital from where she was later moved to another hospital, given the extent of her injuries.”
“At the hospital, the victim told police that accused Singh had been stalking her over the last few days and wanted to talk to her, which she refused. Singh is married but does not have any child. Both of them lived in two separate villages at a distance of about 150-200 m. The accused was arrested from his village on Sunday evening,” Joshi said.
“A case has been registered against the accused for molestation and attempt to murder,” he added.