In a shocking incident, a young man was tied to a tree and set afire by the family of a woman with whom he was allegedly having an affair in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh late on Monday night.
The man, 25, was a resident of Bhujauni village under Fatanpur police station and he died on the spot.
Enraged over the incident, his family members and local people turned violent and set two police vehicles on fire.
Additional forces were rushed in to control the situation that remains tense.
The body has been sent for post mortem.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP), Pratapgarh, Abhishek Singh, “Some people barged into the house of Ambika Patel and dragged him away. They then tied Patel to a tree some distance away and set him on fire after sprinkling petrol on him. They fled immediately after.”
Agitated family members and villagers assembled at the site and set a 112 police response vehicle (PRV) and another police jeep on fire. They were demanding immediate arrest and action against the accused.
The official said that Patel’s relatives claimed that he was having an affair with a woman from his village and this had resulted in many face-offs between the families.
Patel had reportedly shared a video clip of the woman on social media a few months ago further increasing tension between the families.
The woman’s family members had registered a police complaint against Patel in this connection at the Fatanpur police station that led to his arrest. He was released from jail recently, police added.
The woman had been recently selected as a police constable and was posted to Kanpur.
The SP said that an FIR had been registered on the complaint of the victim’s family and efforts were on to arrest the accused.