Uttarakhand: Woman BJP leader set on fire
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 00:26
Dehra Dun: The daughter of a woman BJP leader on Friday died of shock after she allegedly witnessed her mother being set on fire by a person over personal enmity in Rishikesh near here, police said.

Geeta Shanker, zonal president of Uttarakhand BJP women's wing, was allegedly set on fire by a person, Lakshman Singh, at her house in THDC colony, police said.

Her daughter Khushboo (17), was present at the that time of the incident went into a state of shock after witnessing the gruesome scene. Khushboo was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died during treatment, police said.

Geeta was also rushed to hospital with over 65 per cent burn injuries and was referred to government hospital in Dehra Dun in view of her serious condition.

Singh had gone to Geeta's house in the morning when her husband was away, poured petrol on her and set her on fire.

President of Parwadun BJP district unit, Saroj Dimri said the accused is related of Geeta and was angry with her as she was pressurising the police to take action against him in a case involving a local girl early this week.

Meanwhile, police arrested Singh and are interrogating him.


First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 00:26

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