In an appalling incident from Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, a 14-year-old girl was set ablaze on Sunday, May 10 and was rushed to the Villupuram medical college hospital with major burns on her body. However, she succumbed to her injuries on Monday morning.
The police have arrested two accused – G Murugan (52) and K Kaliyaperumal (60). Both are members of the ruling AIADMK and Murugan is also the husband of a former councillor.
As per the police, Jayasree (14) lived with her father in a small house in Sirumadurai village near Thiruvennainallur in Villupuram district. Her father Jayabal owns a small shop in the locality.
On Sunday, Murugan had reportedly come to Jayabal’s house to tell him to open his shop in the morning. However, since Jayabal was not in the house, Jayasree refused to open the shop herself and told Murugan to speak to her father. Murugan, who was in an inebriated state, had left the spot in a fit.
“Hours later, there was smoke coming out from the house. When the neighbours rushed to check out the source, they saw Jayasree, with both her hands tied, ablaze. They immediately poured water and rushed her to the Villupuram Medical College Hospital for treatment,” a police officer said.
In her statement to the Magistrate, Jayasree told that it was Murugan and Yasagan alias Kaliyaperumal who had tied her hands, poured petrol on her and set her on fire. Based on her statement, the Villupuram police have arrested Murugan and Kaliyaperumal.
“They are AIADMK members. We are investigating the crime from various angles. Both the men have been arrested. FIR also has been registered,” Villupuram SP Jayakumar told a local portal
A case has been registered against the accused under various section of IPC (Indian Penal Code).