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Madhya Pradesh: College principal, who set on fire by student in Indore dies due to burn injuries

According to the college authorities, the marksheet of the accused has not yet reached them. Police sources said Srivastava had allegedly attacked a college professor with a knife four months ago over the same dispute, causing minor injuries. In that case the accused was arrested earlier also and was released on bail.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Indore: A sensational case has come to light in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Where the female principal of a private college was allegedly set on fire by a former student after pouring petrol. Due to which she was seriously injured. In a hurry, he was admitted to the hospital and the matter was informed to the police. On receiving the information, the police reached the spot and arrested the accused.

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It is being told that the dispute was over the marksheet and on this issue the accused had also attacked a professor with a knife four months ago, who was also arrested by the police. However, he was released later.

According to sources, Inspector General of Police (Rural) Rajesh Gupta said that Vimukta Sharma (54), principal of the private BM College of Pharmacy in Simrol area, was set on fire by Ashutosh Srivastava (24), a former student of his college. The college was closed and Sharma was plucking ‘bilv patra’ from a tree in the campus. She has suffered 80 per cent burns and is hospitalized in critical condition.

“During the probe, we found two to three complaints were made against Srivastava by the pharmacy college authorities, the woman principal and other staff, who claimed the accused was threatening suicide,” Superintendent of Police (Rural) Bhagwat Singh Virde told PTI.

Shrivastava, who himself had received burn injuries while setting Vimukta Sharma on fire, was on Friday presented in court and remanded to one day in police custody.

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Family members and staff of BM college have alleged that police inaction led to the tragic incident as several complaints were made against the accused in the past, but no action was taken against him.

The accused had stabbed a college professor in the past and had created a ruckus on the campus on several occasions. He had also sent threatening messages to the college principal on several occasions in the past.

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