Rourkela: A 22-year-old girl was allegedly set on fire by a youth she was in love with when the former forced him to marry her in Sector- B area under Bondamunda police limits here in wee hours today.
The deceased has been identified as Asha Nayak of Sector-A here.
As per a complaint lodged by the girl’s father, the girl and one Amit Yadav of Sector- B area were in love relationship for a long time. Though Asha had been approaching the accused to marry her, the latter was refusing to do so.
At around 3 AM today, the girl’s parents saw her burning alive in front of Amit’s house. They immediately rushed her to Railway Hospital in Bondamunda and later shifted her to Ispat General Hospital (IGH) here, where doctors declared her dead.
The father of the deceased alleged that since Asha, suspecting betrayal, had been forcing Amit to marry her, the latter hand in gloves with his parents killed her by setting her on fire.
Acting on the complaint, police registered a case and launched an investigation into the incident. The accused is absconding after the incident, sources said.