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Woman dies of burns after ‘fight’

Preliminary investigation suggested she had poured kerosene on herself before setting herself on fire
Her friend got burns on his hand trying to save her, the police said.

Our Special Correspondent   |   Jadavpur   |   Published 01.10.20, 04:27 AM

Cops reached a rented flat in Azadgarh after receiving a call on 100 to find a woman with burns all over her and her friend with burns on his hand after midnight on Tuesday, police said.

She had apparently got into a fight with the friend, the police said. The call on 100 came around 12.50am.

The woman was taken to NRS hospital and her friend to SSKM Hospital. She died of her injuries early this morning.

“The woman was standing near the door with burns all over her… her friend was sitting nearby with burns on his hand,” an officer of Jadavpur police station said.

Anita Sardar, 38, a resident of Canning in South 24-Parganas had rented a flat on the ground floor of a building in Azadgarh a few weeks ago. A friend of hers, Tarun Sardar, used to visit her frequently, the police have found during investigation.

Preliminary investigation suggested she had poured kerosene on herself before setting herself on fire. Her friend got burns on his hand trying to save her, the police said.

Neighbours have told cops that they heard the two arguing and fighting around 12.30am. “Around 12.50am there was a call at 100 in the Lalbazar control room. There was specific information about the fire. Jadavpur police station was immediately alerted and a team reached the flat,” an investigator said.

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