Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: In a shocking incident, three young men doused a shopkeeper with kerosene and set him afire a few metres away from his house in Hari Nagar here on Saturday following a minor altercation. All the three accused have been arrested.

Engulfed in flames, 28-year-old Sunil Anand rushed to nearby Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital where some passers by poured water on him and doused the flames. He was then admitted to the hospital.

Sunil, who runs a mobile accessories and photocopy shop, was about to pull down the shutter around 10 p.m. when Manish and Goldy arrived at his shop asking for an easy recharge for their cell phone. Preoccupied with other customers, Sunil asked the duo to come in the morning. This led to a minor altercation.

“Suddenly things went out of hand as the two pulled him out of the shop and began punching him. The duo then left threatening him with dire consequences.

A little later, Sunil closed his shop and left for home on his motorcycle. He had barely driven a few metres, when the two along with their third accomplice Satish flagged him down and started beating him up again.

While Goldy held him, Manish poured kerosene over him and Satish set him afire,” said Sanjeev Anand, elder brother of the victim. Sanjeev runs a grocery shop close to the mobile shop of his younger brother.

The victim’s family came to know about the incident through the hospital authorities. Though he was discharged from the hospital after first-aid, the family took him to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after his condition deteriorated at night. He has been diagnosed with more than 50 per cent burns.

Brothers Manish and Satish run a computer repair shop in the area. Goldy is a cab driver.