Andher Nagari:UP, Bijnore

Farmer sets himself on fire at DM’s office


Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui | TNN


      Lucknow: A farmer set himself on fire in a toilet of the district magistrate’s office in Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. Police said Ashok Kumar, who had alleged harassment by revenue officials, died in hospital. 

       Police headquarters here said around noon on Thursday, smoke was seen billowing out of a toilet in the DM’s office building. Cops broke open the door to find a middle-aged man lying on the floor with his clothes on fire. 

     The cops put out the flames and rushed the injured to the district hospital. Aged around 40, the man was a resident of Kumhar Khera village in Bijnore district, police said, adding they recovered a bottle containing kerosene from the toilet. 

        Ashok Kumar told police that he had been visiting the district magistrate’s office for the past six months to transfer a piece of land owned by his father to himself, but the officers were demanding money. 

      Police said the man told them that he was a poor farmer and didn’t have the Rs 5,000 the officials asked to do his work. 

      The district magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the death. Police filed an FIR against four employees of the district magistrate’s office under anticorruption act.


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