Two teenage girls in Bareilly were set ablaze by unidentified persons, while they were asleep at their home early Friday morning. They have been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the district hospital, where the elder sister was described as being in a very critical condition. While the motive behind the attack is still unknown, one of the two sisters claimed that the attack may have been by a stalker.
According to a The Times of India report, both sisters were asleep when the attackers sprinkled petrol on them and set them on fire at their home in Devraniya Jagir, a village in Bareilly. While the elder sister sustained 95 percent burns, the younger sister suffered 60 percent burns.
Victims’ father, who was sleeping in an adjoining room, said: "They started screaming in the middle of the night. I woke up and saw them burning. I have never heard anyone cry out like that...they were burning like dry wood.”
The parents tried to douse the fire using blankets, but by the time they managed to do so, the girls had sustained burns all over their bodies.
The Nawabganj police has filed an FIR against the unidentified persons under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, Hindustan Times reported.
"We are closely monitoring the situation and several teams have been pressed into action. A bottle containing petrol and two mobile phones have been recovered from the spot. A couple of suspects are being rounded up for possible leads," said senior superintendent of police, Jogendra Kumar.
"My sister and I were asleep on bed around 2 am when someone poured petrol on us and then lit fire," one of the victims told news agency ANI.
The family has denied disputes with anyone, however, the younger girl has reportedly said that some boys were stalking and harassing her for months.
The incident comes just days after a 17-year-old girl was murdered in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district by five boys of her village, who had reportedly been stalking her for months.