Nagpur lecturer, who is set on fire by a stalker, suffers burns

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Nagpur: A 24-year-old university teacher in the city of Hinganghat, who was set on fire by a man almost a week ago, succumbed to her burn injuries on Monday (February 10). The lecturer had suffered at least 35% -40% deep class III skin burns with shortness of breath, was admitted to a Wardha hospital in critical condition and was being treated.

A bulletin released by the hospital on Monday at 7:43 am said the victim had succumbed to her injuries. She had been on the ventilator since Friday night.

Ankita Pisudde, a contributing lecturer and resident of the village of Daroda, was a postgraduate in botany and completed her B.Ed degree. According to the police, she and the accused were friends until two years ago, before she broke off due to his irritating behavior. Police arrested 27-year-old Vikesh Nagrale, a married man with a seven-month-old son, and said it was his unrequited love that led to the incident.

"Nagrale is married and has a seven-month-old son. He works in a company in Balharshah. He has always followed the woman. He even tried to commit suicide last year," said a police officer.

The suspect tried to flee after the Monday incident, but was caught within four hours in the industrial suburb of Butibori in Nagpur, a police officer previously said. He was booked under Indian criminal code sections 307 (attempted murder) and 326-A (voluntarily seriously injured with acid, etc.) and was sent into police custody until Friday after his arrest, the police said earlier.

The victim's cousin, Shubham Pisudde, told PTI that Nagrale had been bothering her for many years despite repeated warnings. "Your marriage (engagement) failed last year because of Nagral," she said.