A 14-year-old breathed her last on Monday after she suffered burn injuries. The victim Jayashree was set on fire allegedly by two men at Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram.
News reports say that the two accused, G Murugan and K Kaliyaperumal, are AIADMK functionaries and also relatives of Jayashree. The two accused are arrested. Police said that the attack on Jayashree was allegedly over a long-pending property dispute among the family members.
According to report, Jayshree is heard naming the accused and narrating how they poured petrol on her and set fire, this is revealed in a video statement recorded by the magistrate before Jayshree’s death.
According to police, Jayasree (14) lived with her father in a small house in Sirumadurai village near Thiruvennainallur in Villupuram district. Her father Jayabal owns a small shop in the locality. On Sunday, Murugan had reportedly come to Jayabal’s house to tell him to open his shop in the morning. However, since Jayabal was not in the house, Jayasree refused to open the shop herself and told Murugan to speak to her father. Murugan, who was in an inebriated state, had left the spot in a huff, The Quint reported.
According to a news report by Indian Express, Murugan visited Jayabal’s shop to buy cigarettes and a quarrel broke out with Jayabal’s son, Jayaraj, 17. Jayaraj sustained injuries and a police complaint was filed. But Murugan and his close associate Kaliyaperumal, who is also an AIADMK leader in the village, returned and allegedly set the girl on fire when nobody was around.
Now, citizens are demanding justice for Jayashree.