The horrific incident had taken place in from of a handful of students, who had come to the SME College despite a strike.
Eyewitnesses said the man, Adarsh, in his mid-twenties, was a former student of the college. On Wednesday afternoon, he had walked into the classroom and poured petrol on the woman and himself. As the woman ran out, he chased and caught her, and then used a lighter to set her clothes ablaze. Then her set fire to his own clothes as well.
The School of Medical Education is a part of Kottayam's Mahatma Gandhi University.