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Woman sets herself on fire, dies

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, FEB. 3. A 30-year-old woman set herself on fire at her house in the Hennur Police Station limits on Monday night after her brother-in-law allegedly tried to rape her.

The police said Jamuna Rani, who suffered severe burns, died at a hospital on Thursday. According to the police, Rani's brother-in-law (one of her sister's husband), who stays in Tamil Nadu, came to her house in Challakere on Monday. Around 8.30 p.m., while she was talking to him, he allegedly tried to rape her.

She ran into the kitchen and requested him not to harm her. When he made further advances, Rani doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire, the police said.

While her brother-in-law fled after the incident, one of Rani's sister, Lakshmi, who was asleep, woke up and rushed her to a hospital with the help of neighbours. Rani was a divorcee, the police said.

The Hennur Police have registered a case.

Dies of burns

Uma (27), who was allegedly set on fire by her husband at their house in Mallasandra in the Peenya Police Station limits on January 19, died at a hospital on Thursday.

The police said Venkatesh, a construction worker, had set Uma on fire as she was opposing his affair with another woman.

The Peenya Police have registered a case.

Man robbed

Two armed men robbed an electrician of a gold chain, a mobile phone and Rs. 600 in cash in the Jalahalli Police Station limits on Wednesday.

The police said around 9.30 p.m. the two men accosted R. Prakash when he stopped his motorcycle near a railway gate on MES Road and robbed him of the cash and other valuables after threatening him with weapons.

Prakash was on his way to his house at Gangadharapalya in Nelamangala taluk. The Jalahalli Police have registered a case.

Arrested

The Wilson Garden Police have arrested three persons on the charge of murdering the Shanthinagar Block Congress Committee Vice-President, Selvarajan. He was stabbed to death at his watch shop on January 27.

The names of the arrested were given as John Joseph alias Johny (20) of Vinayakanagar, Sultan Ahmed alias Boom (25) of J.K. Pura and Mujahid Pasha (21) of Siddapura.

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