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Dalit girl set on fire, names lover, his brother

The 19-yr-old alleged her lover and his brother had set her on fire on January 10 night.

A 19-year-old Dalit girl found unconscious in a village under Baharia police station here has alleged she was set on fire on January 10 night by her lover and his brother who did not get her treated but waited for five days before dumping her near her father’s house on Wednesday night. 

Police arrested her lover with whom she had been staying in the same village, Mubarakpur, and are questioning him.

Police said Roshani Pasi, daughter of Rakesh Pasi of Mubarakpur village, was found unconscious around midnight by passers-by. Rakesh informed police and Roshani was rushed to hospital. Her condition was stated to be critical.

She alleged that her lover Roshan Patel and his brother Kamlesh Patel of Mubarakpur village had set her on fire on January 10 night. Roshani told a magistrate that when her condition became precarious, they dumped her near her father’s house.

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“Following a complaint by Rakesh, police registered a case of attempt to murder. Roshan Patel and his elder brother Kamlesh Patel have been named in the FIR. We arrested Roshan this evening,” said SHO (Baharia) R S Rawat.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Roshani came to know Roshan when she was a student of an undergraduate college, Janata Inter-College, and he was associated with running it. In November 2012, a case was registered against Roshan for eloping with her.

He was arrested and the girl was sent to Nari Niketan in Khuldabad here, from where she was transferred to Nari Niketan in Kanpur, the police said.

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“In October 2013, when she turned major and had to be released from Nari Niketan, she expressed a desire to live with Roshan, who had got bail by then, in his house. Since then, she was living with him. Roshan’s elder brother Kamlesh also used to live with him,” said Circle Officer (Phulpur), Alka Dharamraj.

Asked how someone with 80 per cent burn injuries can survive without treatment for five days, the CO said how old the injuries are will be clear after a detailed medical examination.

“What we know so far is from the statement of the victim. We will have to gather more forensic evidence and take a detailed medical opinion about how old the wounds are. The priority was to arrest the accused and one of them has been arrested. We will be questioning him to ascertain the exact sequence of events.”

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Rawat added that investigations revealed Roshan and Kamlesh were in the house and their parents were in Allahabad for treatment of their father Hiramani Patel. The officer added that the police are on alert to prevent the matter from snowballing into a clash between two communities.

First published on: 17-01-2014 at 04:41 IST
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