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Youth, mother die as miscreants set ablaze house locking them inside

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Bengaluru: A youth and his mother were charred to death while the father suffered severe burns when he tried to save them after miscreants locked their house from outside and set it on fire at Manchanbele in Ramanagar district during wee hours of Sunday.

The deceased are Bharath (19), a second year student of Rajarajeshwari Engineering College on Mysore Road and Vijayalakshmi (45). While Bharath was burnt alive, his mother succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

It is said that property dispute can be the reason behind the brutal act.

Bharath’s father Bomme Gowda alias Bhojanna (55), a farmer, suffered 30 per cent burns and is battling for life in a hospital, police said. Bharath’s elder brother Anil Kumar, who works in Bescom, was away from home.

The police said that at about 12.30 am, while the family was asleep, miscreants locked the front and rear doors of the house from outside, poured petrol mixed with kerosene through the windows and torched the house.

Bharath, who was sleeping in the drawing room, was the first to come in contact with the flames. Hearing Bharath’s screams, Vijayalakshmi came out of the bedroom followed by her husband. Vijayalakshmi hugged her son in an attempt to save him. Bhojanna, too, tried to rescue his wife and son.

Hearing the commotion, the neighbours rushed out and noticed the house in flames and alerted the police, then broke open the door and rescued the family members.
While Bharath was declared brought dead, Vijayalakshmi was taken to Victoria hospital where she died in the afternoon. Bhojanna is in a critical condition at Abhay Hospital.

A senior police officer said the preliminary investigation had indicated that the miscreants locked the doors of the house from outside and also used logs and rope to ensure that the inhabitants do not escape. They had even locked some of the houses in the immediate vicinity of Bhojanna’s house.

The police suspect that family members of Bhojanna could be behind the well-planned incident. Bhojanna and his siblings were involved in a property dispute.

The suspicion was strengthened as none of Bhojanna’s family members visited his house or the hospital, the officer said. The Tavarekere police have registered a case under IPC Sections 302 and 307 and are hunting for the culprits.

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