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Chennai techie dies, family critical after Stalker sets her on fire

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Chennai, Nov 14: A shocking crime held in Adambakkam where an alleged stalker set the family of a woman on fire.

The jilted lover Aakash, who used to study with Indhuja, an engineering graduate, has been stalking her for over a month. When she didn’t respond, Aakash went to her house on Monday night and set her and her family on fire.

The woman succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday. The horrifying crime was committed at Adambakkam AGS Colony, in Saraswathi Nagar.

However, there are two versions of what happened at the time of the crime, the News Minute reported.

Around 8:45 pm on Monday night, Akash who lives in the neighbourhood, came outside Indhuja’s residence. As per the reports, Indhuja and her family were initially reluctant to open the door, but Aakash persisted, claiming he only wanted to speak to Indhuja for a few minutes.

Reportedly, when they opened the door, he took the can of petrol in his hand and poured it on Indhuja. Her mother Renuka and her sister Nivedha, who were nearby, also got doused in petrol. Scared, Indhuja then ran into her bedroom to escape from Aakash.

While according to other reports, he came in and there was an argument. An angry Aakash then went outside the house and found the can of petrol, and doused Indhuja with it.

In between the fight, a neighbour who heard the commotion came to intervene. Speaking to Puthiya Thalaimurai, he said, “He was pouring it on them, and by the time i took the can away from his hand and started asking what was happening, he lit the fire and ran away.”

“At that point, everyone started running as they caught fire. First, the boy ran away, then the mother who was on fire was running behind him, and I was behind them. I, too, got burned in the incident,” the neighbour says. “I wasn’t able to find out what happened to the two people who were inside,” he told Puthiya Thalaimurai.

Indhuja died of her injuries on Tuesday morning at the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) hospital in the city. Her mother Renuka has 49% burns, and sister Nivedha has 23% burns. Both of them are critical, and getting treatment at KMC.

Akash, who fled away after the crime was nabbed on Tuesday morning.

An engineering graduate, Indhuja was reportedly working in a company for the last few months. However, she hasn’t been going to work in the last one month, allegedly because of Aakash’s stalking.

Indhuja’s uncle told media persons, “He’s been stalking her for a month. My brother went abroad for some work. Perhaps knowing this, this man came home last night. They didn’t open the door. But he said he just wants to talk to her. He then poured the petrol on the girl and the mother and burned them and ran away.”

Wefornews Bureau

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Foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi, air quality ‘severe’

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : It was a foggy morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the air quality remaining “severe” and the minimum temperature recorded at 8.8 degrees Celsius, average for the season, the weather office said.

Drop in temperature is contributing to air quality deterioration to “severe” levels in Delhi-National Capital Region.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 9 a.m. was 409 (severe) against 403 (severe) on Monday recorded at 4 p.m., on a scale of 0 to 500.

“There was mist and shallow fog in the morning. The sky will remain mainly clear becoming partially cloudy in the later part of the day. Very light rain and thundershower is likely in some areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 92 per cent, an unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.

The maximum temperature on Tuesday was likely to hover at around 23 degrees Celsius.

Monday was the second coldest day of the month with minimum temperature dipping to 7.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below season’s average, while the maximum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.

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Senior Congress leader C.N. Balakrishnan dead

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Kochi, Dec 11 : Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C.N. Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here due to pneumonia, party sources said on Tuesday. He was 87.

He died on Monday night, the sources said.

A long standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for long.

It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls and went on to become the state Cooperation Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Boat capsizes in Yamuna river: 5 missing, 3 critical

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Prayagraj,Dec 10 : Five persons went missing and three others were admitted to hospital in a critical state after a boat carrying 14 people capsized in river Yamuna in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Rescue operations are underway and nine persons have been rescued .

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state disaster Response Force (SDRF) for the rescue operation.

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