The couple have been admitted to a hospital where their condition was critical.
“Jitendra Janmeda, a rifleman (with the Indian Army), had come to meet his wife Deepika Tomar at her house in RK Puram area in south Delhi. The incident took place around 9 am,” said a senior cop.
They had an argument over some family dispute before the incident, the officer said. After setting himself on fire, Janmeda put his arms around his wife’s neck, so that they would dietogether.
Anil Kumar Tokas, a neighbour said, “My mother informed me about the incident after noticing smoke coming from Deepika’s house.”
Tokas and his mother doused the fire by putting a blanket over the couple and rushed them to hospital in their car. The couple have been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, with Janmeda having 90 per cent burn injuries while Deepika received 35 per cent burn injuries.
They had married June 27, 2012 but Deepika left her husband’s house at Faridabad in Haryana Oct 3, 2012, following differences in their relationship.