Couple die of burns

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A woman who was allegedly set ablaze by her husband in Otteri on Monday night hugged him tightly. The couple succumbed to burns at Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital early on Tuesday.

According to police sources, Shankar (40) of Venkatagiri Nagar picked a quarrel with his wife, Vijayalakshmi (35), in an inebriated condition. In the scuffle that followed, he poured kerosene and set her on fire. The woman hugged Shankar tightly and both fell unconscious with serious burns. They were moved to the hospital by neighbours.