Chennai: A burqa-clad woman set an imam afire at his office near the Big Mosque in Chennai’s Triplicane. Police are yet to nab the killer, said media reports on Wednesday.Police said the woman reportedly entered the office of Syed Fazruddin, 60, an imam at the Big Mosque, with at least five women devotees at 8 PM on Monday. She reportedly threw some chemical at him before setting his afire. The imam was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a couple of hours later.  While the Triplicane police had filed a murder case, the investigators were yet to identify the
woman as also her motive behind the murder. (Also read: Maratha Stir Turns Violent, 40 Buses Set Afire) Also Read - Viral: Police Dresses up as Coronavirus to Create Awareness in Chennai | Watch

“Mani, a 61-year-old businessman with a shop in the same building, also a close friend of the imam, chased the woman. He caught her but she pushed him aside and fled,” an investigating officer told a leading daily, adding that Mani alerted the Triplicane police. “It was a well-planned crime. Though the woman fled on foot, it is possible that there was a getaway vehicle waiting for her somewhere in the neighbourhood… Doctors who attended to the imam said they did not find any traces of petrol or kerosene. We have sent the samples to the forensics lab for tests,” he added. Also Read - Trending News Today March 17, 2020: Indian Man Murders Girlfriend, Drives Around Dubai With Her Dead Body in Car’s Front Seat; Picks Meal on The Way



Elsewhere in Chennai, a woman allegedly set herself on fire in front of the Thiruverkadu police station on Tuesday afternoon. “G Revathi had been on bitter terms with her neighbour Amirthavalli. The two families living in a rented house in the same compound had frequent verbal fights over petty matter. The duo approached the Thiruverkadu police often and made complaints against each other. On Tuesday, police had called the duo for talks. While Revathi arrived, Amirthavalli did not. The police officer postponed the meeting and asked Revathi to go home. Revathi came back within an hour with a bottle of petrol and immolated herself in front of the Thiruverkadu police station. Police rushed her to the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital where she is in a critical condition. Also Read - Trending News Today March 16, 2020: IIT-Madras Scholar Pretends to Have Coronavirus After Being 'Dared' by Friends, Let Off With A Strict Warning