A man who was spurned by a woman allegedly tried to set her parents house on fire. Timely action by neighbours and the police on night patrol prevented a major loss and all those inside the house escaped unhurt. The accused was taken into custody.

The incident took place at around 2 a.m. on Saturday at Aasipapaveedhi near Mrs. A.V.N. College. Kambala Ashok, a painter and resident of Peda Jalaripeta, allegedly bolted the main door of the house from outside, poured petrol through an open window and set it on fire. But the neighbours opened the door and pulled out the family members to safety.

Some clothes and a few pieces of furniture were burnt.

Ashok reportedly wanted to marry the 21-year-old daughter of the house owner. When she refused, he allegedly started harassing her.

Later, her parents got her married to another person.

The woman came to her parents to celebrate Sankranti.

On coming to know that she was with her parents, Ashok went to her house on Friday night and quarrelled with her and her parents. He came back in the early hours of Saturday and set the house on fire.

Inspector of I Town Police Station Illyas Ahmed said the accused was apprehended and a case was booked under Sections 307, 436, and 509 of the IPC.