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Indian rickshaw driver fatally stabs American wife, kills self by fire

Published on Feb 22, 2014 4:15 PM
In this photograph taken on Feb 20, 2014, investigators take photographs at the charred residence where accused Indian auto-rickshaw driver Bunty Sharma immolated himself after killing his wife, US national Arian Willingar from Pennsylvania, in Agra. -- PHOTO: AFP

AGRA, India (AFP) - An Indian rickshaw driver stabbed his American wife to death before setting himself ablaze, police said on Saturday, in a violent end to a whirlwind romance scripted in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

Mr Bunty Sharma, 32, killed 35-year-old Arian Willingar from Pennsylvania on a deserted roadside in the tourist city of Agra after the couple had a fight late on Thursday, senior police officer Shalabh Mathur told AFP.

Mr Sharma later committed suicide by setting himself on fire, he said.

The couple first met when Ms Willingar visited Agra last July with her friends to see the Taj Mahal, the world famous monument of love. Romance blossomed, they got married and began living together but soon had a falling out over suspicions of infidelity.

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