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Ludhiana: Laundryman refuses to take 'liquor' bottle, set on fire

LUDHIANA: Two goons threw petrol on a laundryman and set him on hearth in Madhopuri Friday morning.

Davinder Lal, 45, used to be ironing clothes at his store when the two approached him around 7.30am. "They were carrying a bottle. Claiming it to be liquor, the duo offered it to Davinder. When he refused, they threw the bottle's contents on him, set him on fire and fled from the spot. The bottle contained petrol," stated ACP (central) Waryam Singh.

On hearing Davinder's screams, neighbours rushed to his rescue.

Naresh Gogna, an eyewitness, stated, "I was standing outside my house when I heard Davinder screaming. I ran towards him and saw two men running from there. Flames had engulfed Davinder's face. I doused the fire with my shirt. We then rushed Davinder to civil hospital." Davinder, who won burns on his face, advised the police, "After the two threw petrol on my face, I tried to wipe it off with a cloth I was holding. But within no time, they lighted a matchstick and threw it at me."

"The residents said the two often visited their area and were seen working with a woman, who is a sanitation worker. We have traced the woman. The accused will be arrested soon," the ACP added. Police suspect old contention sparked the incident.

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