Boy alleges of being set ablaze for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, police refutes

A 17-year boy was set ablaze in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ said his family.

The Police, however, had found discrepancies in the statements given by the victim.

The victim has been referred to Varanasi for further treatment. Chandauli SP Santosh Kumar Singh visited the victim to record his statement.

The statement of the boy was contradicting and came out as false during the investigation. An eye witness had claimed that the boy was seen setting himself on fire.

“He is admitted in a hospital with 45 percent burns. He had given different statements to different people, so it seemed suspicious. It seemed he had been tutored. Police monitored CCTV footage of places he had mentioned and found that he had not been at any of those places”, the district police chief added.

Further investigation into the matter is underway.

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