Bhanjanagar, Jan 24: A youth was allegedly set on fire by two miscreants at Dhumuchhai village under Bhanjanagar police limits Ganjam district this afternoon.
The victim has been identified as Santosh Nayak. As per reports, one of the miscreants asked Nayak to come out of his house, while the other miscreant poured petrol on him and set him on fire.
Villagers immediately informed the fire personnel who rescued him and rushed him to the to the Bhanjanagr sub-divisional hospital. He was later referred to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here as his condition deteriorated.
Though the exact motive behind the incident is yet to be ascertained, police suspect past rivalry behind the crime.