BENGALURU: A 21-year-old paramedical student was arrested by Cottonpet police on Wednesday for allegedly murdering her boyfriend by setting him on fire after he refused to marry her.
Shruthi, a native of Mysuru and student of a private paramedical college in the city was reportedly in a relationship with Mansoor (21), a native of Kerala who ran a tea stall at City Railway station for the past three years. Shruthi is also said to have been working in a private pathological laboratory near Lal Bagh.
According to police, the incident took place on November 28, in Sri Krishna lodge near Shanthala circle. The two had rented a room and at around 11.30 AM Shruthi allegedly set Mansoor on fire and came out of the lodge looking panicked. She had also consumed sleeping pills. Police had rushed her to the hospital.
She initially told police that both of them had attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire. However, after the recovery, she confessed to the crime during questioning by the police.
The police said, "Shruthi and Mansoor were in a relationship. Six months ago she became pregnant and asked him to marry her. However, Manzoor refused and took her for abortion. Later, the relationship between them deteriorated. Shruthi frequently asked him to marry her to which he strongly objected. In an attempt to take revenge, Shruthi booked a room in the lodge and took him there. She allegedly mixed sleeping pills with juice and once Mansoor was in unconscious state, she set him on fire. Later, she ran out after she was not able to control the heat inside the room and cooked up the suicide story.”
Cotton pet police have registered the case and Shruthi has been handed over to judicial custody.