‘Rejected lover’ behind fire that killed 7 people in MP

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The Madhya Pradesh (MP) police has arrested a man, who allegedly set on fire the building in Indore that claimed seven lives and injured nine others on Saturday, Hindustan Times (HT) quoting MP police has reported.

“Rejection in a love affair was his motive for the crime,” the report said.

Shubham Dixit alias Sanjay, 28, was arrested late at night on Saturday from Lohamandi. He tried to flee and got injured on his leg and a hand. Police admitted him to the hospital and later arrested him, said Tehzeeb Qazi, police station in-charge, Vijay Nagar.

“He will be produced before the court on Sunday,” it said.

According to the police officer, Dixit, a resident of Jhansi was feeling humiliated after the woman, who used to reside with her mother in the same building in Swarnbagh Colony, decided to marry someone else.

Recently, the woman got engaged and Dixit was demanding his Rs. 10,000 back, which he had given to the woman.

“On Saturday night, he called the woman for the money but after having a fight, he threatened her with dire consequences. Later, he came to the parking area of the building. He took out petrol from a bike and poured it on the Scooty of the woman to set it on fire,” said Qazi.

HT report said that tolice checked at least 100 CCTV footage during the investigation.

“In the footage, police saw the man entering the building and later coming out of the building by setting the Scooty on fire. The man also tried to tamper with the CCTV footage and also the electricity meter. The man was seen at the crime scene after a few minutes too to check the result but till then major fire broke out in the building,” said the police officer.

HT report said that the woman and her mother safely came out of the building by using a rope on Saturday. Police said they will register statement of the woman who did not disclose about the fight to the police earlier.

Indore police commissioner HN Mishra said, “The accused Shubham Dixit said he just wanted to set the Scooty on fire because the woman cheated on him and he didn’t know the consequences. We came to know about other criminal cases of Shubham Dixit in New Delhi. We will request the court for police remand to interrogate him.”

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