An 18-year-old teen set a young woman on fire in broad daylight on Tuesday morning in Pathanamthitta in Kerala.
The victim, 20-year old Kavitha Vijayakumar, is critical after sustaining 80 percent burn injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Thiruvalla.
The local police have taken into custody the accused Ajin Reji Mathew, a resident of Kumbanad. The incident took place around 9:30 am on Tuesday, when the victim, a Bsc student at the Tata Institue of Medical Sciences, was on her way to college. According to eyewitnesses, the victim and the stalker were seen having a heated conversation near the Chilanka junction in Thiruvalla around 8:30 am on Tuesday. following that the stalker set the woman on fire by using 2 bottles of petrol.
Thiruvalla police said,”During questioning the accused has given statement claiming that they both were in a relationship. But that is his version and we are yet to verify this.”
“Following the incident, the accused had to tried to flee from the scene, but was caught by bystanders and handed over to the police,” the police officials added.