Live-in partner sets woman on fire at Korattur

Chennai: A woman was set ablaze by her live-in-partner at Korattur last night. She passed away at Government Kilpauk Hospital in the wee hours of today. Police arrested Soundararajan (42) who lived with Devi (39) at Bajanai Koil Street, Padi.

The duo were already married to other people and left them to live together. Soundararajan worked as a land broker and was an alcoholic. For the past days, Devi had been asking him for money to pay the rent.

Sources said, he had been suspecting Devi of infidelity. Last night, he came home in an inebriated condition and Devi asked him for the rent amount. Angered by this, he poured kerosene and set her afire.

Neighbours who heard her cries rushed Devi to Government Kilpauk Hospital. However, she passed away this morning. Soundararajan has been arrested.

NT Bureau