Stalker sets woman on fire in Chennai

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A 21-year-old woman engineer was killed while her family members are battling burns, after they were set on fire in Chennai by a classmate of hers, who had been stalking her for over a month.

The victim's mother and sister also suffered burn injuries while trying to save her.

According to the police, the incident took place in Adambakkam area of Chennai on Monday at around 8.45 pm, reported CNN-News18. The girl's mother and sister were also injured in the incident. He has been stalking her for over a month, claiming he was in love with her.

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Police said they detained the suspect, 23-year-old Akash, who was pursuing Induja against her wishes for almost a month. Renuka and Nivedha are undergoing treatment at Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital. And she quitted the job last month as Ashok was continuously stalking her. Induja's uncle said that Ashok was stalking Induja since her father went overseas for some work.

Aakash absconded after committing the deed and was caught by the police later on. "Knowing that my brother is working overseas, the accused came to Induja's residence". The condition of the burnt house shows how Induja ran from room to room to escape Aakash's madness but by then she had been burnt badly. As the argument turned soar, Akash brought a can of petrol he had kept in his two-wheeler and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Renuka was admitted to hospital with 50 per cent burns, whereas Nivedhika suffered 20 per cent burns.The accused Akash was nabbed by neighbours who had come to their rescue after hearing their cries.

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