In a shocking incident reported from Kottayam in Kerala, a former student set himself and a girl on fire at the School of Medical Education (SME) campus. On Wednesday, 21-year-old Lakshmi was sitting in the classroom with other students when Adarsh barged in, poured petrol and then set her and himself on fire. Both succumbed to their injuries at the medical college hospital later in the evening.
According to the Times of India, Lakshmi, a final-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy student at SME, had been in a relationship with Adarsh for around six months. She had reportedly ended the affair following suspicions about his character, but Adarsh was furious at Lakshmi for breaking up with him and continued to follow her around. He even approached her family with a marriage proposal but they lodged a complaint against him with the Kayamkulam police.
The TOI report says that the police had warned Adarsh to keep his distance from her. A former SME student, he had completed his course in 2013 but had come to the campus for a supplementary examination on the day of the tragedy. He reached the classroom at around 1 pm where Lakshmi and her friends were sitting and poured petrol on her. He then tried to set her on fire but she ran out of the classroom. Adarsh finally caught hold of her and set her on fire at the library and then tried to hug her.
According to the witnesses, Lakshmi managed to free herself from his grip but fell down gasping for breath. Other students doused the flames and rushed both of them to the hospital. "Lakshmi had 65 percent burns and Adarsh 80 percent. Lakshmi had burns on her face too, which affected her respiratory system," Renjin RC, the resident medical officer said.
Two other students were also injured while trying to rescue them.
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