Assam man arrested after woman dies of burns

first_imgThe police in eastern Assam’s Bokakhat town have arrested a man on the basis of a woman’s dying declaration that he had sexually assaulted her before setting her on fire.Minutes before the woman died at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night, she accused one Tirtha Sarma of setting her on fire. She also said the man, a resident of Bokhkhat, had sexually exploited her.Suicide claim But the police on Thursday said that evidence pointed to the woman having committed suicide. “There is nothing in the CCTV footage to suggest the man set her on fire. But he has been arrested on the basis of her dying declaration. We are awaiting the autopsy report,” Manabendra Deb Roy, Golaghat district superintendent of police, said.The woman, an Adivasi in her early 20s, was a domestic help at the residence of Badan Sarma, the father of the accused, for three years. She was dismissed a year ago, the police said.last_img

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