RAJKOT: Loan sharks set a 19-year-old borrower ablaze in Palitana town of Bhavnagar district late on Friday. The victim, Mehboobsha Pathan, who sustained more than 60% burns succumbed during treatment at Sir T hospital in Bhavnagar.
The accused duo — Lala Kotila and Mahipat Kotila — has been booked under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and various others sections of the Money Laundering Act. They will now be booked for murder as Pathan succumbed to burns, said police.
Talking to media persons, inspector of Palitana town police station, N M Chaudhri said, “It’s clear that the victim had himself brought petrol. We are investigating whether the accused set him afire or he set himself ablaze. We are checking CCTV cameras and recording witnesses statements. We have also rounded up one of the accused and are interrogating him.”