In a gruesome incident, two Class 10 students were burnt alive in an alleged clash over a minor girl in Telangana's Jagtiyal town on Sunday. The police suspect that both the students, aged 16, set each other ablaze on Sunday night after consuming liquor, as empty alcohol bottles were found at the scene of the crime. The incident occurred in the town about 190 km from Hyderabad.
Both the students suffered grievous injuries. While one of them succumbed to his burns at a hospital in Jagtial, the other student was rushed to a hospital in Karimnagar, where doctors declared him brought dead.
The claim by the families of the boys that a third boy was also present at the scene and fled after the two boys were set on fire has added a new twist to the case. The police are trying to verify this version. The investigators have found beer bottles and mobile phones at the scene.
The two deceased were classmates at a missionary school. Both were allegedly attracted to the same girl, who also studied at the same school, the police said.
The investigators were analysing mobile phone data of the deceased. The police suspect that the deceased allegedly poured petrol before setting each other on fire. The police were still trying to ascertain if it was a murder or suicide.
â€śWe suspect that it is murder. He is not the kind that will pour petrol on himself or others. There was no such fights or brawls that he got into before,â€ť a relative of one of the minor boys told reporters.
â€śHe was such a nice boy. We are not able to comprehend how this happened. We consider this an intentional murder only. Someone took him to an isolated spot and killed him. He was a studious boy. The police have to identify the culprits after checking his call records and WhatsApp chats. There were more than two people at the spot and the police must investigate,â€ť one of the deceasedâ€™s brother told a local media outlet.
The police are still finding out what exactly happened and have registered a case under section 174 of the CRpC under suspicious death. Officials said that they were yet to establish if it was a murder or not, but said that appropriate action would be taken after an investigation.
Further details are awaited.