A pharmacy student has been allegedly burnt alive by her three classmates, one of them claims to be her lover, at her house in Ojhara village in Khargone district.
The 23-year-old died at a hospital in Indore on Sunday, hours after her classmates allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze when she was alone at her house. Her family had gone to Indore to attend a wedding.
The accused, who were remanded in judicial custody till May 23, lived in a hostel. The pharmacy college is located 5 km from the victim’s house.
The victim’s uncle heard her screams and found smoke coming out from the bathroom and found Akshay Joshi, Ankit Rathod and Vishal Chaudhary, all in early 20s, leaving her house.
The victim was rushed to Indore’s Choitharam hospital where her dying declaration was recorded before doctors and an executive magistrate.
Quoting a short post mortem report, sub-inspector Umashankar Tripathi of Kasrawad Police Station told The Indian Express that the Final Year B Pharma student had injury marks on her private parts.
Inspector Girish Jejurkar said the accused would be booked for murder and rape. He said the three were subjected to potency test. He said the police were yet to get a copy of the post mortem report and the dying declaration. The executive magistrate who recorded the declaration told the police that he would submit the report in a sealed envelop to the court.
Ankit claimed that he was in love with the girl and that he sustained burns while trying to put out the fire.
The police said they had booked the three students on a complaint from the victim’s uncle.