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Death toll rises to 5 in petrol bomb attack

Posted on Nov 06, 02:36PM | UNI

The death toll in one of the deadliest petrol bomb attacks here has increased to five, with the death of two more people in hospitals, today.

The victims Ranjith Kumar and Desingh Raja, who had been under treatment at the Intensive Care Unit in a private hospital and the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), succumbed to their burn injuries, police said.

Earlier, three victims namely S Sundarapandiyan (20), R Vetrivel (18) and G Jayapandi (19) succumbed to burn injuries at GRH on November 4.

Fifteen others were still undergoing treatment at GRH and private hospitals in the city. The death toll was likely to increase, as a few of the injured were reportedly battling for life with more than 60 percent burns.

With the death of two more people in the petrol bomb attack, police have stepped up security in Southern districts to prevent any back clash.

It may be recalled that twenty people sustained serious burn injuries, after an unidentified gang hurled petrol bombs on a Tata Sumo vehicle in which they were returning to their native Puliyankulam village in Madurai, after paying homage at the memorial of freedom fighter and late leader of All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) Muthuramalinga Thevar at Chinthamani check post near ring road, here on October 30.