A jilted lover allegedly killed a 26-year-old woman and her mother by setting them on fire and also ended his life by torching himself at her house in Chennai on Friday, police said.
The man, who was later identified as Bhoopalan alias Satish, 31, a BTech graduate, was a contract technician and was said to be in love with the woman for seven years.
Satish Kumar, residing at Ananthanayaki Nagar in Korukkupet, jumped into Rajitha’s house around 3am on Friday by removing the roof tile after he was denied entry into the house by the family late on Thursday.
According to police, Rajitha got a job with the Chennai corporation after her father Venkatesan died in duty four years ago. She was staying with her mother Venkatamma.
Satish Kumar, who was a contract car driver with the corporation, fell in love with Rajitha. Police quoting sources said the couple used to be seen together. Venkatamma, meanwhile, fixed a marriage proposal for her daughter with another man and a formal engagement happened last week. From then on, Rajitha started avoiding Satish Kumar and refused to talk to him.
Around 3am on Friday, Satish Kumar entered Rajitha’s house with a bottle of petrol and threatened her and her mother to accept his marriage proposal.
As they refused, he poured the fuel on them and torched them alive before ending his life, police said.
Neighbours, who spotted smoke emanating from the house, alerted police and fire services personnel. Police found three charred bodies inside the locked house.
The bodies have been sent to hospital for autopsy.