In a tragic incident, a 24-year-old man allegedly set himself on fire inside an auto-rickshaw in Delhi over a fight with his girlfriend on a phone call. According to reports, the man set himself on fire by pouring petrol in a moving auto in northeast Delhi’s Jyoti Nagar on Sunday night.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the man was carrying the bottle of petrol inside his jacket. The relatives of the man said they have no clue why he did this. The police said man was travelling with his cousin and a co-passenger in the auto, also sustained burn injuries.
“While Shivam got 70% burns, his cousin sustained 20% burns. The third passenger escaped with minor injuries. All three are under treatment,” an officer said. All three are undergoing treatment.
The main victim, identified as Shivam, who has sustained 70 percent burns, is very critical in condition. His cousin Arjun, 24, suffered 20 percent burns. The third passenger Bhagwan Singh, 60, has been identified as Bhagwan Singh. Reports inform that the third passenger escaped with minor injuries.
“Shivam was talking to a woman who lives in Kolkata over the phone. It appears they had a tiff after which Shivam was upset. He was carrying petrol in a bottle with him. In a rage, he suddenly poured the petrol and set himself afire with a lighter. The auto driver immediately stopped the three-wheeler and alerted passersby who then reported the incident to the police,” HT quoted saying a senior police officer.
DCP (northeast) Atul Thakur said, “We are yet to register the statement of Shivam as he is critically injured. We have filed a case of attempt to commit suicide and are probing the matter.”