New Delhi: The police opened lathi-charge as hundreds of locals as took to streets to express their outrage against the lecturer in Wardha who was set ablaze by a stalker died earlier on Monday morning.

Ankita Pisudde, a 25-year-old resident of Daroda village and lecturer in Wardha district near Nagpur, Maharashtra was set ablaze by a stalker last week. The accused, Vikesh Nagrale, was arrested on the day of the crime.

The incident took place early on February 3, around 7:15 AM, when she was waiting for her bus to get to college in Hingnaghat town of Wardha. Within the next few moments, Nagrale hauled up at her, doused her with petrol took out from his scooter, set her ablaze and fled the scene.

Passers-by tried helping her by pouring water to beat out the fire and immediately rushed her to a nearby health centre from where she was shifted to Orange City Hospital in Nagpur. Unfortunately, the woman had already suffered 40 per cent burns and inhalation injuries that affected her respiratory system, ultimately taking a toll.

Reacting to the brutal attack, Supriya Sule, senior NCP leader and daughter of Sharad Pawar, ensured her family that justice will be given at the soonest.

“Saddened to hear that the Hinganghat Victim lost her life earlier this morning. This case will be heard in the Fast Track Court and State Government will ensure that justice is done. My heartfelt condolences with her family. May she rest in peace,” she said in a tweet.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also condemned the incident and said, “I have spoken to the special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to ensure that verdict is out at the earliest and the victim is given justice. We will provide assistance to the family in every possible way and one of the family members will be provided a government job.”

The accused, Nagrale, who hails from the same village, had a wife and a seven-month-old son and was working at a firm in Balharshah. He had been stalking the woman for a while, Wardha Superintendent of Police Basavaraj Teli told reporters.

He was nabbed on the same day from and charged under Indian Penal Code sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means).