MP: Tribal woman fighting for life after setting fire to Guna, 2 arrested

Guna: A tribal woman was battling severe burns after she was allegedly set ablaze by three men over a land dispute in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district. The police gave this information on Sunday. Guna Superintendent of Police Pankaj Srivastava said that the incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Dhanoria village of Bamori police station area, 200 km from the capital Bhopal. The condition of the woman is critical. He said that so far two accused have been arrested.

A video, allegedly shot by the accused, went viral on social media platforms, in which the burnt woman was seen crying in pain, with smoke all around. The person who shot the video was heard saying that the woman had set herself on fire, and “let’s shoot the video”.

The woman’s husband, Arjun Sahariya, complained to the police that when he reached his farm on Saturday afternoon, he saw his wife Rampyari Bai lying in a critically burnt condition.

The officer quoted the complainant as saying that when the man questioned, his wife told him that three men, identified as Pratap, Shyam Kirar and Hanumat, set him on fire.

He said that as her condition was critical, she was referred to a hospital in Bhopal for further treatment. Two accused have been arrested while the search is on for the third person, who is absconding, the official said. He said the complainant told the police that the accused had forcibly grabbed his land, which was freed and handed over to him by the local administration in May this year.