Shop Owner Arrested for Setting Worker on Fire; Lady sets Herself Ablaze in Kupwara



Police have arrested a shop owner and his accomplice for allegedly setting a manual labourer on fire in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city. However, refuting the police claim, the family members of the victim who is being treated at ‘Burn Ward’ of SMHS Hospital Srinagar claimed that shortly after the arrest of culprits, police let them off for the reasons better known to them.

A Gujjar family from frontier district Kupwara Tuesday appeared in Press Enclave here claiming that one of their family members, Javaid Ahmed Bajad, (25) who was working as manual labour at Shop number 14 in Batamaloo Bus Stand had a close shave when the proprietor Abdul Rashid and his accomplice Maqsood Ahmed sprinkled combustible substance over his body and set him on fire.

“The only fault of Javaid was that he was demanding wages from his owner. Both the shop owner and his accomplice were inebriated condition when they tried to kill Javaid,” the brother-in-law of the victim Sirajuddin told CNS.

He alleged that Police shortly after arresting the culprits released them. “Javaid has been admitted in SMHS hospital and he has received 60% burn injuries. We demand stern punishment for the culprits,” he said.

The victim Javaid Bajad son of Abdul Satar, a resident of Kachhama Kupwar who is lying on bed number 07 of ‘Burn Ward’ of SMHS hospital said that he had been working for the shop owner from past one year. “The shop owner Abdul Rashid had not paid any wages to me and when I continuously demanded the same from him, he along with his associate Maqsood Ahmed sprinkled kerosene on my body. Maqsood lit a match stick and set me on fire. I received burn injuries from back to foot. I was saved by a driver who draped me in a blanket,” he said adding that duo were inebriated condition.

Station House Officer Batamaloo said that both the accused have been arrested. “An FIR vide number 27/2016 under section 307 RPC stands registered in police station and investigation has been going on,” he said.

Meanwhile, a woman has reportedly set herself ablaze in Kupwara last evening, police said in their statement issued this evening.

A woman (name withheld) resident of Shah Mohalla Kawari Hatmulla in District Kupwara set herself ablaze after pouring kerosene on her body. She has been shifted to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar for treatment.

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