Narendra being treated for burn injuries at the Saifai Medical College | Photo Credit: ANI
Lucknow: Family members of a girl in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district set her boyfriend on fire after inviting him to discuss the couple's wedding plans. The matter was brought to light after the boy's kin alerted police about his disappearance. Acting on the complaint, local law enforcement began a search for the boy only to discover that he had been kept hostage by the girl's family inside a room before being set ablaze.
A resident of Etah's Aligank area, Narendra Shakya had been missing along with the minor girl for two days. He was set on fire on October 31, said police officials familiar with the matter.
Reports suggest that the girl's family summoned the boy to talk about the couple's wedding plans. However, upon his arrival, the girl's father Ramnaresh and uncles Umesh and Dayanand physically assaulted him in order to extract the girl's whereabouts. When he refused to answer their questions, they poured kerosene on his body and set him ablaze. Neighbours who heard Narendra's screams informed the police.
The victim was then rushed to the Aliganj Community Centre from where he was referred to the Saifai Medical College. He has incurred serious burns and is currently undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the accused who are currently absconding. Superintendent of Police (SP), Etah, Sanjay Kumar while confirming the reports said that two of the accused have been arrested and a search has been launched to track down the third. Kumar told news agency ANI, "Three people locked the victim in a room and set him on fire."
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