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By A Newsman

Raiganj, 31 August: ON the pretext of performing a magic trick, three men in a drunken state poured kerosene on their friend and then set him on fire at Rajganj in North Dinajpur district of Bengal.

The victim, Khiteej Sarkar, a rickshaw-van puller by profession, died on Monday morning at a hospital in Raiganj where he was undergoing treatment severe burn injuries.

Khitish Sarkar, a resident of Joynagar are in Raiganj town, was having drinks with his three friends on the night of 28 August. After sometime into the session, one of his three friends said he wanted perform a magic trick on Sarkar and the rest two also joined him.

The victim, who too was in an inebriated state, opposed the move but was overpowered by the three friends. They poured kerosene on Sarkar and claimed that even if they lit a fire, it would not catch Sarkar.

The rickshaw-van puller was soon into flames; his screams alerted the residents of the area who took him to hospital. By then his three friends had fled from the spot.

In his dying statement to the police, the deceased rickshaw-van puller named the three friends, following which police have arrested two of the accused. The third one is absconding.