Boy set on fire in Hyderabad's Army garrison dies

An eleven-year-old boy, who was allegedly set on fire in Hyderabad's high security Mehdipatnam Garrison on Wednesday, has succumbed to his injuries, reports said on Thursday.

Hyderabad: An eleven-year-old boy, who was allegedly set on fire in Hyderabad's high security Mehdipatnam Garrison on Wednesday, has succumbed to his injuries, reports said on Thursday.

Sheikh Mustafauddin breathed his last at DRDO Apollo Hospital.

His body has now been shifted to government-run Osmania General Hospital for autopsy.

Police have tightened security around the military area to prevent any untoward incident.

The boy, a student of a madarsa, told a magistrate in his dying declaration that some Army men poured kerosene over him and set him ablaze.

A resident of Siddiq Nagar, Sheikh was called inside the garrison area by two military men. They allegedly beat him and later set him ablaze. He sustained 90 percent burns and was found lying near the main gate of the garrison.

A case of attempt to murder was registered against unidentified military men at Humayunagar police station. It will now be turned into a murder case.

Police formed a special team to conduct the investigation. Hyderabad police commissioner Mahender Reddy said the guilty will not be spared.

The incident led to tension in the area as people came out on streets to stage a protest against the military personnel. Police used baton charge the protesters to disperse them.

The Army authorities have denied involvement of any military man in the incident.

"On investigation, it is found that this allegation is absolutely false and no Army personnel is involved in this incident. The Army condemns this act. All necessary assistance is being provided to the police authorities to carry out a detailed investigation to arrive at the truth," said a statement from the Army authorities.

(With IANS inputs)

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