A 22-year-old woman suffered serious burn injuries in an attack by burglars who struck at her house and robbed gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees, police said on Monday. A group of burglars on Sunday night broke into the house of one Mohd Sultan Parray at Maloora village, 10km from Srinagar, when his daughter, Shameema, was alone inside.
When she tried to raise an alarm, the burglars doused her with kerosene and set her on fire, police said. The woman saved herself by jumping into a nearby canal from where she was subsequently rescued by locals who responded to her cries for help. However, the robbers had already escaped with the booty when the villagers reached the house.
The victim has been shifted to SMHS hospital where her condition is stated to be serious. A case has been registered in the matter and efforts are on to nab the culprits, police added.