Hindu man set on fire in East London ‘for dating Muslim girl’ Thursday, 19
June 2008 Police were appealing for witnesses today following the attempted
murder of a man who was doused in petrol and set on fire in east London.
The 20-year-old, who is fighting for his life in hospital, was torched as he
sat in his car in Forest Gate.
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It is believed the Hindi victim, who suffered 65 per cent burns in the
attack, was targeted because he was dating a Muslim girlfriend.
He had just parked his car, a green Honda Prelude, in St George’s Road when
he was approached by the suspect or suspects and had petrol poured over him
before being set alight.
He managed to get out of the vehicle and was discovered nearby before being
taken to hospital and transferred to a specialist burns unit where he
remains in a critical condition.
A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the scene at 6am last
Thursday to reports of a man on fire.”
DI Sam Faulkner, from the violent crime unit at Forest Gate said: “This was
a very nasty attack and the victim remains in a critical condition.
“We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward
and would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw the suspect making
Two men aged 20 and 21 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
and released on bail.
Today’s appeal comes as a 15-year-old girl and a man in his 20s are both
still critically ill after being set alight in two separate attacks in the
Greater London area last weekend.