Man allegedly sets wife ablaze in Okara

Victim’s father-in-law died trying to save her


Atiqur Rehman July 27, 2021
PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

OKARA:

A man allegedly severely burnt his wife by setting her on fire in connivance with his sisters at his home on Monday within the limits of Saddar police station in Okara, while the woman’s elderly father-in-law died while trying to save her. 

According to the police report, Altaf poured petrol on his wife Fauzia and set her on fire with the help of his sisters at his home in a village near Saddar police station.

Fauzia suffered severe burn injuries in the incident. Initial inquiry revealed that Fauzia and her sisters-in-law frequently quarreled in the house, enraging the suspect.

Altaf managed to escape from the scene after the incident. Upon receiving information about the incident, the police reached the district headquarters (DHQ) hospital and started legal action.

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District Police Officer (DPO) Faisal Shehzad took immediate notice of the incident and maintained that the police would not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands. “The suspect will be arrested as soon as possible,” Shehzad said.

In an earlier incident, a woman had killed her husband along with his friend after setting them on fire in Pakpattan district is December last year.

According to the police, the woman served an intoxicant to her husband and his friend, which left them unconscious.

“She then set both of them on fire with the help of a male accomplice,” the police said, adding that the husband died on the spot, while the other man was shifted to a hospital with severe burn injuries, where he died.

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The police said that they had registered a case against the suspects.

In another incident in May last year, a man set fire to his wife and two in-laws over a minor argument in  Joharabad area of Khushab.

Mohammad Ejaz sprinkled kerosene and set his wife Noreen Akhtar on fire along with her sister and brother-in-law. The couple was present at the house of Noreen’s brother-in-law Sher Mohammad.

Enraged by the squabble with his wife and in-laws, Ejaz set them ablaze after locking them inside a room.

As a result, all three suffered severe burns.

Rescue 1122 personnel shifted the burn victims to District Hospital Joharabad for first aid. They were then referred to Allied Hospital Faisalabad due to their critical condition and absence of a burns centre  in the district hospital.

One of the victims, Parveen Akhtar, the wife of Sher Mohammad, succumbed to her injuries near Bhalwal on her way to the Faisalabad hospital.

Joharabad city police and Crimes Investigation Agency (CIA) staff in a joint operation arrested the suspect Ejaz. Family sources revealed that whenever Noreen quarrelled with her husband, she went to her sister’s house for support.

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