ONGOLE: In a shocking incident, a 40-year old man was set ablaze by his paramour for having an affair with another woman. The man, who had suffered third degree burns is battling for life in a private hospital here.
The incident occurred in the fields outside Kunchepalli village under Podili police limits in small hours of Wednesday. According to the police, earlier in the day they received information that the victim identified as P Vijaya Kumar was robbed and torched by unidentified miscreants.
Vijaya Kumar, who managed to get himself admitted to RIMS - Ongole lodged a complaint with RIMS outpost police. During investigation, police were surprised to find that the case was not of robbery, but a handiwork of a jealous lover. Kumar has an illicit affair with one Esteramma of Ongole.
For some time Esteramma was suspecting that Kumar was also having affair with another woman. On Tuesday evening, she called on Kumar and both of them went out to spend time together in a secluded place. While Kumar was resting in the field after consuming liquor, Esteramma sprinkled petrol she had brought with her and set him ablaze and fled the spot.
On seeing fire around him, Kumar immediately tore off his clothes, some how doused the flames on his body and managed to reach a petrol bank on the roadside. From there he was shifted to RIMS Ongole. In a bid to save his lover and also his own face, Kumar concocted robbery story, but when the police confronted with him about Esteramma, he admitted to have given a false version.
Police arrested Esetramma and booked an attempt to murder case against her. Meanwhile, condition of Kumar worsened and he was shifted to a private hospital in Vijayawada.