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Rajasthan: 20-year-old woman burnt alive for protesting against tree felling

By Ians English

Jodhpur, March 27: A 28-year-old woman has been burnt alive in Rajasthan's Jodhpur district because she opposed felling of trees on her farm, the police said. Lalita had an altercation with villagers on Saturday as she protested cutting of trees for widening a road along her farm near Pipad town, a police official said.

In an FIR report, her family said the quarrel became so ugly that some villagers poured petrol on her and set her afire. According to the police, Lalita died from her injuries while being treated at a government hospital here.

"Prima facie it does not appear a case of being burnt by villagers and it seems the quarrel was not on felling of trees but pathway," a police official said.

An investigation has been launched into the incident. "If need be, we will arrest the culprits soon," the official said.


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