Man set on fire for being too drunk, talkative

KUALA LUMPUR: For being too talkative and drunk, a 42-year-old man who was fishing by a riverbank here suffered serious injuries when he was doused with petrol and was set on fire by his friend on Monday.

The victim fell into the river soon after and was swept away by strong currents for over 200m.

He managed to swim out of the water and due to his injuries he fell asleep by the riverbank of the Klang River behind the Putra World Trade Centre off Jalan Putra.

When he woke up early on Tuesday, he sought help from passers-by who called for an ambulance before being warded at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for his injuries.

The man also lodged a police report at a police beat at the hospital.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Shaharuddin Abdullah said today that the victim had claimed that he had gone fishing with a cousin and two friends at the riverbank of the Klang river near Jalan Tun Razak at about 8pm on Monday.

He claimed that he felt a burning sensation to his body when a liquid was thrown from above the bridge and fell into the river.

"Investigators who found the victim's statement inconsistent, went to the the riverbank area where the incident took place. There they met two men and a woman who related the incident to investigators. They claimed that a man by the name of Karim had splashed petrol and set the victim on fire," Shaharuddin said.

He said three people were detained to assist in the probe and forensics police went to the scene to gather evidence.