Girl student and youth who sustained burns die in hospital

A girl student and a young man who were in critical condition after sustaining burns died at a private hospital here on Sunday. The deceased are identified as Palakkad natives Dhanya (16) and Balasubramaniam (23). According to reports, the youth had set the girl on fire after inviting her to his house. He also suffered serious burns.

The incident happened around 7 am on Sunday at Kollengode in Palakkad. Locals said that Balasubramaniam and the minor girl were in a relationship for some time. However, the family objected and this led him to set the girl on fire. The youth invited the girl to his house claiming it was his birthday.

He then set the girl on fire inside one of the rooms. At the time of the incident, only Balasubramaniam’s younger brother and mother were in the house. The incident caught the attention of the family and locals after smoke started emanating from the room. The fire was doused, and both were rushed to the hospital.

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