A 25-year-old man allegedly set himself on fire in a van on the Pune-Saswad Road on Saturday morning. The youth has been identified as Ajit Atmaram Ingle, a resident of Phaltan in Satara district.
A probe by the Hadapsar police revealed that Ingle was in love with a girl who did not reciprocate his feelings. Police said that the girl is a native of Hadapsar and married to another man.
However, Ingle repeatedly called her for marriage and also threatened to commit suicide in front of her house if she refused to marry him. On Friday, the girl had come to her house in Hadapsar on the occasion of Gudi Padwa.
Ingle called the girl on Friday and once again, asked her to marry him. Police said that when she refused, Ingle became depressed. He then requested his friend to lend him his Maruti Omni for visiting a relative admitted to a hospital in Karad.
Police said that he left Phaltan on Friday evening and reached Karad where he met a friend and discussed about his depression with him. Ingle then left Karad at midnight and parked his van near the main gate of the Gliding Centre on Pune-Saswad Road.
A conservancy staff of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) asked him to shift his van for cleaning the road. Ingle then parked his van on the opposite side of the road and set himself on fire, police said. The van was soon engulfed in flames. As the van operated on CNG, locals feared an explosion. But the fire brigade reached the spot and extinguished the flames.
Senior police inspector Rajendra Mohite of Hadapsar police station told mediapersons that Ingle’s burnt body was found inside the van. Police then initiated investigation considering several angles.
Police even suspected that the fire was caused due to a short circuit. However, during probe, the identity of the deceased and the cause of the suicide were ascertained.