Young man set afire allegedly by father-in-law
Set afire allegedly by his father-in-law at Sarkarpara village in Gorgram union under Nilphamari Sadar upazila, a young man is fighting for life.
The father-in-law, Moksed Ali of Sarkarpara village, did the brutal act after spreading kerosene on the body of his son-in-law -- Sarwar Hossain, 20, son of Aminur Rahman of Majapara village in Gorgram union, as he could not accept Sarwar's marriage with her daughter against his (Moksed) will.
Critically injured Sarwar was admitted to a Nilphamari hospital on Monday night, shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital the next day and referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday as his condition deteriorated fast.
Police arrested Moksed Ali on Tuesday night and the victim's maternal uncle Nefaur Rahman filed a case with Sadar police station accusing Moksed and two of his brothers yesterday morning.
About two years ago, Sarwar, who had development a relationship with Peari Begum, daughter of Moksed Ali, eloped with her and they got married.
Later, the couple took the job as garment workers in Dhaka. One year ago Peari gave birth to a female child.
Meanwhile, Moksed Ali filed a case with Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in Nilphamari against Sarwar, locals said.
A few days ago, Moksed assured his son-in-law of withdrawing the case and took Peari, Sarwar and their daughter to his Sarkarpara village home from Dhaka.
On Monday, Sarwar went to the court in Nilphamari to attend the case proceedings.
While returning from there in the evening, he met his father-in-law Moksed Ali at Bhabaniganj Bazar.
Moksed forbade him to go to his house and said he would not allow his daughter to go with him.
As Sarwar protested, Moksed and his men forcibly took Sarwar to his house and created pressure on him to divorce Peari but Sarwar declined. At one stage Moksed put kerosene on Sarwar's body and set him afire.
Hearing Sarwar's scream, locals rushed to the spot and sent him to the hospital.
"The victim gave statement to me accusing his father-in-law of setting him afire. Doctors in Rangpur said there is very little chance of his survival," investigating officer of the case, Sub Inspector Hafizul Islam said after visiting Sarwar at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Talking to newsmen, Moksed Ali claimed that Sarwar set fire to his own body to make him (Moksed) fall in trouble.