crimeA girl was burnt alive by a spurned lover and his friend in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, police said.

The shocking incident occurred in Chataparru village of Eluru mandal in West Godavari district.

Vicky and his friend Pedababu poured kerosene on 19-year-old Indumati and set her ablaze when she was alone in her house. The girl sustained 90 percent burns and died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Eluru town.

Senior police officials, who rushed to the hospital, spoke to the girl and recorded her statement before she succumbed.

Vicky, a youth living in the same village, had been harassing her as she had rejected his advances. He along with few friends recently came to the house and picked up a fight with her parents. The girl’s family had lodged a complaint with police, which issued a strong warning to Vicky.

The elders from both sides were scheduled to meet on Sunday to sort out the issue but on Saturday the youth along with his friend burnt alive the girl.

Police booked a case against the accused under Nirbhaya Act and launched a hunt for them.

Women Empowerement Minister Peethala Sujatha spoke to district Superintendent of Police Bhaskar Bhushan and asked him to conduct a thorough investigation.