A 12-year-old boy was reportedly burned alive by two men in an apparent argument over a kite string.
The Indian boy, Vidhu Jain, son of a kite seller was reportedly kidnapped as he cycled to his younger brother’s school to deliver his packed lunch in the town of Malerkotla in Sangrur district yesterday.
According to witness report, he was later seen running and screaming down a lane after he was allegedly doused in fuel and set on fire on a building site.
Passersby rushed him to hospital with 100 per cent burns, but he died of his injuries.
His father says:
‘My son left home in the afternoon on a bicycle to deliver a lunch box to his younger brother who studies at another school.
‘His shrieks were heard at a secluded place near Nawab Colony.
‘Some passersby said that the child was on fire and they immediately took him to the civil hospital.’
In a statement to police before his death, Vidhu said he could not identify his killers, but recognised them because he had a heated argument with them over a kite string three days previously.
The boy reportedly told his father the argument had taken place in front of their servant at the shop.
Police said they trying to trace the servant who has since gone missing.