Crime, Kerala

Spurned ‘lover’ sets girl ablaze in Kerala, both die of burn injuries

Spurned 'lover' sets girl ablaze in Kochi, fire engulfs both
Midhun, Devika Shalan

Kochi: Irked over his love proposal being rejected, a spurned lover doused petrol on the body of a plus two student and then set her ablaze on Wednesday midnight. The youth who sustained injuries too died later.

Mithun, a native of North Paravoor barged into her house late last night and committed the crime. The girl has been identified as Devika alias Paru (17), daughter of Shalan and Moli of Kakkanad.

The incident happened near Athani Juma Masjid in Kalangadu near Kakkanad in Kerala’s Ernakulam district.

Devika, a plus-two student suffered severe injuries and succumbed to her death shortly after being taken to the hospital. The alleged attacker, Midhun, also suffered injuries as the fire spread on to his body and died in the hospital.

When asked about the motive behind the crime the Police said to Evartha that Midhun wanted to marry Devika, but the latter refused the proposal.

On Wednesday night, Midhun arrived at her residence on a motorcycle, knocked on the door and demanded to see her. She was lit on fire after being doused with petrol. The fire also caught on Midhun and engulfed him.

Intended to kill the whole family

Shalan’s attempt to rescue his daughter went in vain. He too suffered burn injuries.

Neighbours alerted the police who came and took the three to the hospital. Midhun and Devika succumbed to their injuries shortly after reaching the hospital. 

Devika’s mother Molly and her younger sibling were also at the home during the attack. Molly said that Midhun tried to pour petrol over her also and had intended to kill the whole family. Molly, who fainted after the incident, is under treatment at a hospital near here.

One of Devika’s classmates alleged that Midhun used to pester the victim at the tuition centre she used to study and the duo had an argument on Wednesday evening.

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