The accused allegedly fought with his 59-year-old mother after she refused to give him money, citing that he would waste the same on alcohol.

Bengaluru police launch search for man who set mother on fire over minor argument
news Crime Monday, December 10, 2018 - 09:28

Bengaluru’s Sadashivnagar Police are on the lookout for a 23-year-old man who set his mother on fire following an argument.

The accused, identified as Uttam Kumar, allegedly fought with his mother, 59-year-old Bharathi, after she refused to give him money, citing that he would waste the same on alcohol. Following this, he doused her in petrol and set her on fire using a lighter.

According to the police, Uttam Kumar asked his mother Bharathi for money but she refused,  saying that he would spend all the money on alcohol. Following this, in a fit of rage, Uttam Kumar went out, bought petrol and poured it over her. His father, Manjunath, heard the commotion from the next room and came rushing. Uttam fled the spot. Manjunath was able to douse the fire, call the police and, with their help, took his wife to Victoria Hospital for further treatment.

Bharathi suffered burns on her chest, face, and hands and is reportedly out of danger now.  

Manjunath then filed a complaint with the police stating that his son came home on December 6 at around 9 pm when the fight between Uttam Kumar and his mother took place.

Uttam, who is currently unemployed, has been absconding since the incident and the police are on a lookout for him.

In his statement, Manjunath has said that Uttam Kumar was under the influence of drugs when the incident took place. A case of attempt to murder (section 309 IPC) has been filed.

In another similar incident last week, a 17-year-old boy was caught on video hitting his mother and threatening her for talking about him to the neighbours. The video which went viral shows the minor boy beating his mother, as she cries and winces in pain.

A suo motu case was registered by Chennammanakere Achukattu police in Bengaluru against the boy on the orders of jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Annamalai.

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