Mumbai: Man set ablaze by in-laws dies, all accused arrested

Rohit Dharamsingh Patel, who had been set on fire by 13 of his in-laws for trying to meet his estranged wife and kids, passed away on Saturday; cops have arrested all the accused and charged them with murder

  The 31-year-old who was beaten up with bamboo sticks and set ablaze by his in-laws for trying to meet his estranged wife and kids breathed his last on Saturday.

In the May 9 edition, mid-day had reported that 13 of his in-laws had set Kandivli resident Rohit Dharamsingh Patel ablaze about 10 days ago because he had continued to try to smooth things over with his estranged wife, Daya.

Rohit Dharamsingh Patel, who was beaten up with bamboo sticks and set ablaze, breathed his last on May 9
Rohit Dharamsingh Patel, who was beaten up with bamboo sticks and set ablaze, breathed his last on May 9

Ignoring a warning from his in-laws, Patel had landed up in Adhoi village in Gujarat’s Kutch district, where Daya and the couple’s kids, Palak (6) and Vyara (7), had been staying since the husband and wife split up in 2012.

After he had met the kids and tried to meet Daya, Patel was beaten up and set ablaze by 13 members of Daya’s family, including her parents and brother. He had sustained 60 per cent burns and had been shifted to the Airoli-based National Burns Centre on May 7, where he passed away at 9.20 am on Saturday.

Nabbed
The 13 accused had earlier been booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and the Shamkhiyadi police in Adhoi had managed to arrest only one of them.

After the death, however, the accused were booked under Section 302 (murder) and the remaining 12 were also taken into custody.

The accused have been identified as Shivendra Dharamsingh, Dharamsingh Bechara, Vishan Bechara, Yogesh Dharamsingh, Shivji Jaga, Raghu Shivji, Ratiben Dharamsingh, Rajiben Bhatak, Kanta Mandrona, Ganga Van, Laxmi Wavia, Binita Shivendra and Wagha Nor.

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