Police claim 15-year-old set himself on fire and gave contradictory statements
The 15-year-old boy said he was kidnapped by four men who poured kerosene on him and set him alight after telling him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, Outlook India reports.
The Indian magazine said the boy was left in a critical condition with 60 per cent burns over his body.
However, police in Chandauli have claimed the boy set himself on fire and gave contradictory statements, India Today reports.
“He’s admitted in a hospital with 45 per cent burns,” Chandauli superintendent of police Kumar Singh told the ANI news agency. ”He had given different statements to different people, so it seemed suspicious.”MOREMuslim teenager set on fire in India ‘after refusing to chant Hindu slogan’
Mr Singh added: “It seemed he had been tutored. Police monitored CCTV footage of places he had mentioned and found that he had not been at any of those places.”
He also claimed witnesses saw the boy set himself on fire.
Several people have been attacked in India after being forced to say “Jai Shri Ram”, which roughly translates to “Hail Lord Ram”, a Hindu god.
In June, a Muslim man died after being beaten by a crowd who forced him to perform Hindu chants.
A recent US government report found mob attacks against Muslims in India had occurred throughout 2018.