Five people set themselves on fire in Gujarat, leaving one man dead as they protested against official plans to raze their home in a drive to remove illegal structures, police said yesterday.
According to GulfTimesThe five people, including three women, belonged to the same family and turned up at a city government office in Rajkot carrying kerosene-filled containers around noon yesterday, the police said.
Ram Sinh, a police official based in Rajkot said the group came to request the officials to stop demolition of illegal encroachments.
But when their request was not granted they poured kerosene on themselves and set themselves on fire,Sinh said.
Municipal officials in Rajkot, located 200km from the states main city Ahmedabad had declared the familys home illegal and issued an order to tear down the structure, leaving them in a desperate state, Sinh said.
The five have been identified as Rekha, Asha, Vasumati, Bharat and Girish …. Out of which Girish, who was 35-years-old succumbed to injuries in hospital,he said.
The burn victims sustained severe injuries and have been admitted to a local government hospital, where their condition is said to be stable, he added.