Stalker sets woman on fire in Chennai

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A 22-year-old woman died after a stalker set her on fire in Chennai. Her sister and mother also suffered severe burns while trying to save her.

Things took a bad turn on Monday night at 8.45, when Aakash went and banged on the door of Induja's house in Adambakkam AGS Colony, in Saraswathi Nagar. "The victim's mother has suffered 49 percent burns, while as her sister has been admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit". In the process of saving her, Indhuja and sister also got injured.

The man had claimed his love for his former classmate from an engineering school, Indhuja, a while back. 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.

The accused, Akash, allegedly poured kerosene on Sinduja and set her ablaze at her residence in Saraswathi Street on Monday night.

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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 Nivedhika tried to save her and sustained burn injuries. A report on The New Minute quotes a neighbour of Indhuja's, who said he had intervened and taken the can of petrol from the stalker, but before he could stop him, he lit Indhuja on fire. Initially, they didn't open the door, but Akash insisted that he would only to talk to Induja.

The accused Akash (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning.

The neighbors who rushed to rescue the trio took them to the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) hospital in Chennai.

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