Bengaluru: Muniraju, who played matchmaker to his friend’s daughter and her lover, witnessed his car set ablaze by the groom’s cousin in Bengaluru on Sunday.

C Muniraju, a 43-year-old resident of Jigani Industrial Area near Electronic City, and an employee at a private firm played matchmaker to his friend, Shakarappa’s daughter and her lover, Pradeep.  As much as he had hoped he and the couple would live a happy life, things turned out to be quite different.

Pradeep, a private firm employee, who stayed close to Muniraju’s house, had eloped with his lover, Shankarappa’s daughter. Shankarappa was close to Muniraju so he asked him for help when the duo eloped. Muniraju then used his SUV to look for the two and eventually found them. He helped them both get married with the help of the police, since they were both adults. Pradeep’s family was not happy with this. Pradeep’s brother, Santosh had started bothering Muniraju ever since the wedding took place.

Muniraju’s nephew, 20-year-old Anu Rajappa, a resident of CK Palya was brutally attacked by Santosh and his friend, Mohan with broken beer bottles, on Saturday evening at around 5:30pm.

Anu was playing cricket near the CK Palya playground when he was stabbed. The two accused were drinking in the playground and called Anu. When he refused to go near them, the two men reportedly stabbed him due to their dispute with his uncle, Muniraju.

Anu attained severe injuries and was rushed to a private hospital.

The duo’s next target was Muniraju’s SUV. They smashed the windshield with weapons and stones. Muniraju rushed out of his house with his family members after hearing the sound of glass shattering. When the duo saw him approach, they splashed petrol on the vehicle and set it on fire. They then fled the scene.

Muniraju filed a complaint at Bannerghatta Police station on Sunday. On the basis of his complaint, the police have filed a case under IPC section 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage). On the basis of Anu’s complaint, the police have filed a case under section 307 (attempt to murder), section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.