Bengaluru: Spurned woman sets boyfriend on fire

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The Cottonpet police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old paramedic student who had allegedly sedated her boyfriend and set him ablaze for refusing to marry him. The incident reportedly happened at a city lodge on November 28. The victim, identified as Mansour, 27, was admitted to a government hospital where he later succumbed to injuries.  

 

The victim, identified as Mansour, 27, was admitted to a government hospital where he later succumbed to injuries. Mansour was a native of Kerala, and ran a tea and snacks shop at the city railway station, while Shruthi was a student at a private medical college in Jalahalli and stayed at a paying guest accommodation there. Shruthi hails from Mysuru and got in touch with Mansour as she used to travel by train to Mysuru every weekend, the police said.

 

On November 28, they rented a room at Sri Krishna lodge near Shanthala circle. Around 11.30 am Shruthi allegedly set fire to the room and came out running in a state of panic. She had also consumed some sleeping pills. Police rushed her to the hospital. She initially told police that they had attempted suicide, but three days later she confessed to the crime during an interrogation. Police said Shruthi and Mansour were in a relationship and six months ago she became pregnant. She wanted Mansour to marry her, but he refused and told her to undergo abortion instead. Shruthi was upset and in a bid to take revenge, she booked a room in the lodge and took Mansour.

 

She mixed sleeping pills with a juice and once Mansour became unconscious, she set him on fire after dousing petrol. Then she ran out of the room and cooked up the suicide story, police stated. She confessed that she killed her boyfriend as he was not willing to marry her, police added. Cottonpet police have registered a case and remanded Shruthi to judicial custody.

 

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