Stalker sets himself, college student on fire in Kerala

Two students, who had tried to save the woman, Lakshmi, sustained burns and were admitted in hospital

Stalker sets himself, college student on fire in Kerala




A 25-year-old man set ablaze a 20-year-old girl student and self immolated in front of other students at a medical college in Kerala's Kottayam on Wednesday.

Both suffered serious burn injuries and died in hospital. Two students, who had tried to save the woman, Lakshmi, sustained burns and were admitted in hospital.

Eyewitnesses said the man, Adarsh, the assailant, was a former student of the college.

According to police, Adarsh entered the lecture hall of the physiotherapy department around noon when Lakshmi was with her classmates. He told her that he wanted to talk to her in private, but when Lakshmi rejected the demand, Adarsh left in a huff, IE reported.

Soon, he returned with a petrol can and poured petrol on the woman and himself. As the woman ran out, he chased and caught her, and then used a lighter to set her clothes ablaze. Then her set fire to his own clothes as well.
Engulfed in flames, both ran within the library hall screaming for help. They later collapsed outside the library, where college teachers doused the fire and rushed them to the hospital.

Police said both had sustained about 70 per cent burns. According to police, after the incident, Lakshmi in her statement to the magistrate said that she had filed a complaint against Adarsh for stalking.
The School of Medical Education is a part of Kottayam's Mahatma Gandhi University.