India: Pair 'burn baby to death in revenge attack'

Infant's uncle says the men burst into the house and threw kerosene on him before setting him alight

Caroline Mortimer
Monday 02 May 2016 20:34
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The incident took place in the Indian city of Amritsar
The incident took place in the Indian city of Amritsar

An 15-month-old baby has reportedly been burned alive in what is believed to have been a revenge attack on his family.

Two men, Billa and Hari Singh, are accused of forcing their way into a house in Amritsar, India, and setting fire to baby Harman.

The boy later died in hospital after suffering 90 per cent burns.

He was with his mother, Bholi, when the two men poured kerosene over him and fled the scene, the Chandigarh Tribune reports.

Harman and his mother had been staying with her husband’s sister for several weeks after the couple had become estranged.

A formal complaint filed by Harman’s uncle, Satnam Singh, alleged the pair had wanted to take revenge on the family as they suspected they had given local police information which led to the arrest of their relatives, Gurpreet and Gopi Singh, for theft.

Local police spokesman Jagjit Singh said the matter was under investigation and no arrests had yet been made.

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