Saswat Singhdeo

Jagatsinghpur: A youth lost his life after suffering severe burn injuries inside a school in Daagaon village under Balikuda Police limits of Jagatsinghpur on Saturday. However, the reason behind the death of the youth is still shrouded in mystery.

As per reports, some local residents of the village heard screams from the school last night and upon rushing to the spot, they found a severely burnt man wriggling in pain with his hands & legs tied. When they tried to ascertain his identity by asking him questions, he managed to utter only few words saying that he is a resident of Khurda.

After being informed, police rescued the youth and admitted him to district headquarters hospital where he succumbed to severe burn injuries while undergoing treatment today.

While it is alleged that he was probably set on fire by miscreants, it is also suspected that the youth could have deliberately set himself on fire over failed love affair or family feud as a knife and name of a woman was found written with blood at the spot.

“After hearing screams, we went inside the school and rescued the youth who was already severely burnt. Some miscreants must have been involved in the crime,” said a local resident Satyajit Mohanty.

Asked about the incident, Jagatsinghpur SDPO Prakash Chandra Pal said, "Investigation is underway but preliminary probe has revealed that there is a sharp cutting on the hand of the deceased. Also, name of a woman written with blood was found on the floor. It could be either a failed love affair or family feud.”