Woman, secret lover kill man to avoid arranged marriage

Groom-in-waiting set on fire after fiancee called in the middle of the night and asked him to come out of his home to meet her

Hyderabad: A woman in India’s Telangana state colluded with her secret lover to kill a man she was engaged to.

Victim Yakaiah, who was set on fire by the woman’s lover a week ago, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday at Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad.

Police have arrested the two suspects, Aruna and Balaswamy.

According to the police Aruna, a resident of Madaram village under Raghunathapally mandal of Janagam district, was having an affair with Balaswamy of the same village.

But her family had recently got her engaged to Yakaiah, a resident of nearby Kanchanapally village.

Unhappy with the plan, Aruna and her boyfriend conspired to eliminate Yakaiah and his father Samuel.

After attacking Samuel twice, the duo targeted Yakaiah on the night of February 18.

“As per the plan Aruna made a phone call to Yakaiah in the middle of the night and asked him to come out of his home to meet her. As soon as he came out, Balaswamy who was lying in wait poured petrol on him and set him on fire,” police said.

Hearing his screams other family members came out and his mother was also injured while trying to douse the fire.

Balaswamy was rushed to Hyderabad with 60 per cent burns. He died on Saturday.

This is latest in a recent spate of crimes of passion in Andhra Pradesh starting with the “face swap” case in Nagarkurnool district in which a wife killed her husband and tried to pass off her paramour in his place after having him undergo plastic surgery. That plan was foiled and both the wife and her boyfriend are now in jail.

In another incident in Hyderabad a wife brought her lover from Bihar in a flight to the city and got her husband eliminated as he had become an obstacle in their illicit relations.

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