The right of private defence of property extends,
under the restrictions mentioned in section 99, to the voluntary causing of death or of any other harm to the wrong-doer, if the offence, the committing of which, or the attempting to commit which, occasions the exercise of the right, be an offence of any of the descriptions hereinafter enumerated, namely:-
Secondly.-House-breaking by night;
Thirdly.-Mischief by fire committed on any building, tent or vessel, which building, tent or vessel is used as a human dwelling, or as a place for the custody of property;
Fourthly.-Theft, mischief, or house-trespass, under such circumstances as may reasonably cause apprehension that death or grievous hurt will be the consequence, if such right of private defence is not exercised.

Simply Put

This section means right of private defnece of property extends upto death or harm of the assailants where the offence are of such types as defined herein this section: First - if assailant is trying to commit Robbery at your property. Secodly - if assailant tries to do break-in at your house by night.  Thirdly - if the assaislant is trying to set on fire by any explosive substance on any building, tent or vessel which is a person's house or is used as a place to worship.  Fourthly - if assailant is trying theft, mischief (setting fire), or house trespass which reasonably causes the apprehension or fear of life if private defence is not exercised. [Fifthly clause is added by three states namely Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh for the protection of government property]

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