In a bizzare incident, a known history-sheeter was critically injured on Tuesday at Hyderabad's Alwal, in an explosion that was triggered by himself after he set fire to a pan shop.
The incident is said to have occurred on Tuesday evening. The history-sheeter, who has been identified as Naveen Yadav, was shifted to hospital for treatment.
Local fire engines had to step in to douse the flames and prevent further damage.
According to the pan shop owner Shyam of Alwal, Naveen was extorting mamool money (hafta) from him and other small vendors in the area.
Speaking to local media, Shyam said, "He called and asked me to give Rs 10,000 every month. I said I can't give and to do whatever you can. He told me that he will set the shop ablaze."
Apparently, soon after the call, he seems to have poured petrol and set fire to the shop. The whole act was recorded on CCTV camera that was installed in the shop.
The shop owner further said, "My worker called me informing the incident, he was even beaten up when he tried to intervene. Naveen set the shop alight, bikes were also burnt."
The shop owner alleged that Naveen was involved in extortion of money in the area and was putting pressure on those who were refusing to listen to him.
Fire officials described the pouring of petrol as the reason for the explosion.
Speaking to TNM, Alwal Inspector Srikanth Goud said, "An FIR has been registered against Naveen Yadav under section IPC 436 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house) and other relevant sections for extortion of money."
He also said, “Naveen is now being treated in a local hospital, we will arrest him after his recovery."
When asked about the accused's past "crime history", the Inspector said that he was a known history-sheeter.