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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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Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow school where student was knifed to lose recognition

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Lucknow, Jan 23: A school in the Uttar Pradesh capital where a Class 1 student was critically injured last week in a knife attack by a senior girl to lose its recognition, an Education Department official said on Tuesday.

Officials stated in the aftermath of the January 16 incident, an inspection was carried out at the Brightland School in Triveni Nagar which found “very many discrepancies” both in terms of education standards and the security of students.

The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Lucknow Mukesh Kumar Singh has recommended to the Education Department that the recognition of the school be cancelled, the official told IANS.

Prima facie, the official said, the management has been found guilty of trying to fudge the matter and hide it from the police.

The DIOS said that various classes in the school were being run without permission and against norms, and the team set up by the government had found serious lapses in the security system.

The school was allowed by the Uttar Pradesh Board to have classes till Class 12 but was running additional certificate courses, which is illegal, the official said.

The management has claimed that it had installed 70 CCTV cameras in the premises, but there were only 64 and many cameras were found dysfunctional during the inspection, he said.

There was no attendant near the toilet, where the incident took place in which Hrithik was slashed with a kitchen knife by the Class 7 girl student.

District officials said the state government has directed them to conduct surprise inspections in various schools here to ensure that children are safe and that the managements were adhering to the norms.

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After 22 days, UP gets police chief in O.P. Singh

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Lucknow, Jan 23: After a gap of 22 days — the longest in the history of the Uttar Pradesh Police — the state got a new Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday as O.P. Singh took over the charge in the presence of senior officials of the department.

The 1983-batch IPS officer was relieved by the central government from the post of the Director General (CISF) last week.

Soon after coming from the national capital, Singh met senior Home Department officials and on Tuesday visited the famous Hanuman Setu temple to propitiate the Hindu monkey God before driving to the DGP office at 1, Tilak Marg here.

A new name plate bearing the name of the police chief was quickly put up outside his official residence, adjoining the police headquarters.

His predecessor Sulkhan Singh demitted the office following his retirement and after a three-month extension, on December 31 last year and the post had been lying vacant ever since.

Singh had been named as the new police chief by the Yogi Adityanath government, but he had not been relieved by the Centre, much to the embarrassment of the state government.

While the grapevine blamed the Brahmin lobby in the ruling party as the force behind the delay, there was also speculation that Singh’s appointment was being jettisoned as he was very close to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and was the SSP of Lucknow when the infamous murderous attack on BSP chief and then Chief Minister Mayawati was perpetrated at the VIP Guest House.

However, it was reliably learnt that Chief Minister Adityanath’s will prevailed over others and O.P. Singh was relieved from the Centre. He has a two-year-plus tenure left and this could give him an edge in controlling crime, old timers feel.

Singh has been police chief in Almora (undivided UP), Lucknow, Allahabad, Moradabad, Lakhimpur Kheri and Bulandshahr before serving in the state Intelligence Department and the CISF and the NDRF at the Centre.

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Indian missions abroad should issue Aadhar to NRIs: Congress

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Panaji, Jan 23: Indian embassies and consulates should issue Aadhar cards to NRIs, Goa Congress President Shantaram Naik said in a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.

Naik said that the current procedure that requires Indian citizens living abroad to travel to India to obtain Aadhar cards was cumbersome.

“Government should make arrangements in all embassies, consulates and other designated places to issue Aadhar cards to Indian citizens residing abroad,” Naik wrote.

“It is not practical to require the presence of Indian citizens to come down to India only for the purposes of obtaining Aadhar cards,” Naik said.

Goa has more than two lakh expats working primarily in Europe and the Gulf region.

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