In a shocking incident, 15-year-old Sumanth* set his junior at school, 12-year-old Akash*, on fire for not handing over a love letter he wrote to a girl.
The incident reportedly took place at a government school in Ardhaveedu mandal in Prakasam district on Saturday around 1.30 pm. Sumanth is in intermediate first year, while Akash is in Class 7.
Ardhaveedu sub-inspector SV Ravindra Reddy told the New Indian Express that Sumanth had approached Akash to hand over a letter to a girl studying in Class 10, but Akash had refused.
The police told Hans India that Akash instead tore the letter, which angered Sumanth. Furious, Sumanth then poured petrol on Akash while he was sitting by his classroomâ€™s window and set him on fire.
Eyewitnesses saw Akash rushing out of the classroom engulfed in flames. Teachers nearby noticed him and managed to put out the fire and rush him to Guntur Government General Hospital. His condition is said to be critical, according to TNIE.
Sumanth was then taken into custody. According to the Hindu, a case was registered against him under the Juvenile Justice Act.
In March this year, an alleged stalker set a minor girl on fire at her house in Ganga Nagar near Hyderabadâ€™s Amberpet. The police said that the accused in the case was a minor too. Both of them had dropped out of studies and the girlâ€™s marriage had been arranged. When the accused visited the victim, the police said that a fight broke out after the latter refused to share her new phone number. Angered by this, the accused set the girl ablaze.
â€śThe girlâ€™s screams were heard by the neighbours and she was shifted to the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and was admitted with 70% burns,â€ť the police had told TNM.
*Names changed to protect identity