Battling for life for a week, the Mumbai Police traffic constable who was undergoing treatment in a hospital after being set on fire by an auto rickshaw driver, died on Wednesday.

“Constable Anil Aitodekar (44) succumbed to burn injuries on Wednesday morning at Massena Hospital in Byculla,” said P. Jadhav, senior inspector at Manikpur police station.

On October 27, the auto rickshaw driver Mahendra Kevat had allegedly set on fire Aitodekar after the constable fined him for not following traffic rules at Vasai in neighbouring Thane district, police said.

As Kevat broke the rules, Aitodekar stopped his auto rickshaw and asked for required documents. As Kevat did not posses them, he was fined by the constable. Irked over this, Kevat returned after some time with petrol in a small bucket and threw it on the constable before setting him on fire. Locals tried to catch Kevat but in vain.

The accused was earlier charged with relevant IPC sections including 307 (attempt to murder). Now he will be charged with murder as well. - PTI