Man immolates himself in front of Police, panchayat members

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Kurukshetra, Dec 24 (UNI) A youth immolated himself in the Pipli police station in full view of the police personnel and panchayat members of village Adhon who had gathered to sort out a land dispute between the two brothers.

Inderjit Singh, 30, was rushed to the civil hospital in a police jeep where he was given first aid for 55 to 60 per cent burn injuries and later shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh in precarious condition.

The police said that the panchayat of the Adhon village was summoned to the police station to sort out a land dispute between Inderjit and his cousins Raghubir and Gurbachan.

While the negotiations were going on, Inderjit stood up saying that he was going to settle the things for ever. He reached his motorcycle and picked up a plastic bottle from the side-bag, filled it with petrol from the mobike pipe.

He then, sprinkled the petrol on his body, reached the panchayat in the police station compound and lit himself with a matchbox.

As the flames engulfed him, shocked panchayat members tried to extinguish the fire with blankets and shawls they had draped to fight the cold.

He was rushed to the hospital in a police jeep. Later The additional SP visited the spot of immolation and asked the SHO to register a case against Inderjit.

UNI

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