Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A 20-year-old student of computer application sustained 85 per cent burns in a fire that broke out under mysterious circumstances in a one-room flat at Moti Bagh here in the early hours of Sunday. While the victim has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, the police are trying to find if the incident was the fallout of a long-standing property dispute between him and his relatives.

The Moti Bagh police received a call around 2-15 a.m. about a brawl and a young man having sustained burn injuries. While the victim was rushed to hospital, the police also reached the spot.

The incident took place in a one-room flat on the first floor of the building. The entire room was gutted in the fire. A gas cylinder had exploded and its splinters were found scattered all around. The windows were burnt and the door ripped off.

The victim was identified as Amit Gupta, who along with his brother lives with his maternal uncle at Nanakpura and has reportedly inherited the Moti Bagh flat from his father. His parents passed away 14 years ago.

Enquiries by the police from the neighbours revealed that there was an old property dispute between Amit and his uncle, who lives in the other portion of the Moti Bagh property. Amit had recently started staying in the one-room flat at weekends. The police have registered a case of attempt to murder and are awaiting a report from the forensic science laboratory and the fire officials to ascertain the exact cause of fire. “The victim is not in a condition to give his statement,” said a police officer, adding that some relatives of the victim were being questioned.

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