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In-laws face murder bid slur

Ranchi, Jan. 4: A 19-year-old married woman, who was rushed to Apollo hospital in Ranchi last night with 70 per cent burns, accused her in-laws of setting her on fire.

Ormanjhi police station lodged an FIR against Irba resident Reshma Parveen’s 24-year-old husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law. However, no arrest has been made yet. All the accused, also residents of Irba, 15km from the state capital, are absconding.

According to primary investigations, Parveen, daughter of Habib Ullah Ansari, had an affair with Asfaque for about two years after which the two got married last August.

“But Asfaque’s parents did not accept the marriage. Eventually, Asfaque buckled under family pressure and snapped ties with Parveen, who then came to live with her parents,” SP (rural) S.K. Jha said.

A local resident added that Asfaque left Irba and started living in Jamshedpur. “He sent divorce papers to Parveen a few days ago. Yesterday, he visited the locality and when Parveen saw him, she rushed to her in-laws’ home. It’s difficult to say what happened after that. We came to know this morning that Parveen is at hospital with severe burns,” the neighbour added.

“She has also named her husband. We have begun investigations to ascertain whether the allegations are true or whether she had attempted to commit suicide,” Jha said.