A 12-year-old boy allegedly set himself afire after watching a cartoon film on television and later succumbed to his burns in Hyderabad. 

The Balapur police was on June 1 informed that Jayadeep Madugula was found engulfed in flames at around 10 am on the terrace of his grandparents house on the city outskirts.

He was immediately shifted to a private hospital where he was given first aid. Later, the boy was admitted to Osmania General Hospital where he died today while undergoing treatment, sub-inspector Vishnuvardhan Reddy said.

"The boys grandfather says that the deceased shouted that he (the boy) is also burning like a character in the cartoon film. But we are not sure if the boy committed the act to imitate any cartoon character," Reddy said. 

"We also don't see any reason at this point as to why he took this step," Reddy said.