Bengaluru, Dec 6: A 35-year-old techie, seeking Rs 2.5 lakh refund from a tutorial institute, accidentally ended up burning himself to death in Bengaluru. The incident was reported from Kaggadaspura area of the city.

Notably, Ritesh Kumar had sent his two children-aged seven and three-to a tutorial that promised to get them admitted to a reputed school in the city. The institute had allegedly charged Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh, respectively for each child, from Ritesh. However, it was unable to keep his promise following which the Kumar asked for full refund of Rs 2.5 lakh that he had paid.

Kumar, believing that the owner of the tutorial institute would return the money out of fear, threatened to immolate self. Although, by mistake, he set himself on fire. The incident took place last week and Kumar, a resident of Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar in Kaggadaspura, succumbed to the 80 per cent burns, that he had suffered, the next day.

Ritesh Kumar was a native of Patna, Bihar and was working for a private firm. He resided in HAL with his family. He his survived by his wife, Parul Mahensaria, and two little children.

In the complaint filed by Ritesh’s wife, it has been stated that the tutorial owner had returned back only Rs 1.25 lakh and was repeatedly asking for more time to return the remaining money. She further claimed that lately, the owner turned back from his words and told Kumar that he will not return the money even if he dies.

Meanwhile, a report in The Times of India has quoted deputy commissioner of police (south) SD Sharanappa as saying that a case of abetment to suicide and cheating against the owner of the tutorial institute has been registered. The officer has even asked the JP Nagar police to find out if he has cheated other parents too.