Woman battling for life as husband sets her afire

Suspect visits Victoria Hospital to see wife, arrested

A 20-year-old woman was set ablaze by her husband over a quarrel on Saturday at the couple’s home in Swathantra Palya under KR Puram police station limits. The accused was arrested at the Victoria Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The accused, Chinappa, a daily wage labourer, had come home drunk on Saturday and picked up an argument with his wife, Kavitha. Then, in a fit of rage, he poured kerosene over her and set her on fire. 

Hearing Kavitha’s screams, neighbours rushed to the couple’s house and tried to douse the fire with the help of a blanket and gunny bags. 

Then they rushed the woman to the Victoria Hospital while her husband, who also suffered minor injuries on his hand and leg, fled the spot, the police said. 

Kavitha is in a critical condition as she has suffered 60 per cent burns, the police added. “Chances of her survival are slim,” doctors told the police.

Kavitha gave a statement to the police. She said that her husband used to abuse her frequently and come home drunk. 

Police received a tip-off that Chinnappa had come to the hospital to see his wife on Tuesday. They rushed there and arrested him. A case has been registered at the KR Puram police station.

Homemaker attacked

Two unidentified men attacked a 30-year-old homemaker at her home in Tavarekere Main Road under Madiwala police station limits on Tuesday afternoon in a robbery attempt, police said. 

But alert passersby managed to nab one of the attackers. The victim, Sashirekha, was going about her daily chores when two unidentified men barged in. 

They warned her against raising an alarm and asked her to hand over vaulables and cash. 

But Sashirekha managed to raise an alarm. The robbers got enraged and banged her head against the wall, making her unconscious. They then made off with her 80-gm gold chain.

Moments later, neighbours rushed in only to find Sashirekha bleeding and lying on the ground. Meanwhile, some passersby, who noticed two men trying to run away, went after them and managed to chase down one of them. 

The arrested suspect has been identified as Babu, 40, from Bommanahalli. A case has been registered and investigation is on. 

Bag snatched away

An unidentified man snatched a woman’s hand bag when she was getting into an auto-rickshaw near Anil Kumble Circle on M G Road on Monday night, police said.

Manjula, resident of Shivajinagar, had waved down an auto-rickshaw around 8.30 pm.  Even as she was negotiating the fare with the auto driver, the unidentified man arrived from nowhere and snatched the hand bag. In no time, he was gone. Manjula raised an alarm but in vain. 

“The bag contained Rs 15,000 in cash and some important documents. A complaint has been lodged,” police said. 

Worker falls to death

A 24-year-old construction worker fell to his death from an under-construction building at the High Grounds on Tuesday morning. 

Roopkumar Reddy, a resident of Kothanur Dinne, had gone to the site around 9.15 am to visit his father Roopesh Reddy, who worked there as a bar bender.

They were on the terrace when Roopkumar accidentally stepped on a wet patch of the floor, slipped and fell off the side. 

He broke his neck and sustained multiple fractures. He was rushed to the Mallige Hospital where doctors declared him brough dead.

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