Police in Uttar Pradesh are accused of setting a woman on fire after she refused to pay a bribe to free her husband.
In a death-bed statement, Neetu Dwivedi, 40, said police asked her for a $1,575 bribe.
They were holding her husband for questioning in an attempted murder case, the India Express said.
Dwivedi said when she refused to pay the bribe, the police attacked and humiliated her, then set her on fire.
The accused policemen denied the charge and said she set herself on fire.
Neetu’s son Santosh, a journalist, told the India Express his mother offered the policemen $150 to let her husband go. But they refused and instead demanded $1,575.
“They even tried to snatch her gold chain and threatened to frame my father in the attempt to murder case if she failed to arrange the amount,” the son said.
The attack reportedly happened in Barabanki town.
The son said a policeman threw gasoline on his mother and set her on fire.
“Screaming for help, she ran outside but had sustained serious burns by then,” the son said.
The victim died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Lucknow. She had burns on 80 percent of her body, the Express Tribune said.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, suspended the police allegedly involved and ordered an investigation.
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