Girl set on fire over land dispute in UP

Girl set on fire over land dispute in UP

A 19-year-old girl was allegedly set afire by miscreants who poured kerosene on her following a land dispute with her father in Kaptanganj, police said on Sunday.

“There was some land dispute between two groups during which one group tried usurping it by felling trees on Saturday,” they said.

Sudama Shukla, claimant from the second group, was attacked by the rival group members when he reached the spot. The attackers set his daughter on fire when she tried to rescue him, police said.

The girl was rescued by her mother, who admitted her to the district hospital. Doctors said the victim has sustained 45 per cent burn injuries, but was out of danger.
On the complaint of the victim’s father, an FIR was registered against eight persons under section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC.

Police said that three accused, Umesh Chandra Shukla, Suresh and Virendra, have been arrested.

The dispute was related to possession of land, Deputy Superintendent of Police Kalwari Singh said, adding that the remaining accused would be arrested within 24 hours.