A man attempted to immolate himself in front of the office of the deputy commissioner here on Monday over the alleged denial of justice by the authorities in a land issue.
Pal Singh, 40, a rickshaw-puller of Laudipur village in Anandpur Sahib, who was carrying a bottle of kerosene, sat in front of the DC office at the district administrative complex here in the afternoon.
As deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap arrived at her office, Pal Singh stood up and covered his head with a black cloth. He poured kerosene on his body. As he took out a match box to ignite the fire, a journalist standing there snatched the match box from him, preventing him from setting himself ablaze.
Pal Singh raised slogans against the Punjab government and district administration. After some time, the DC's gunman took him to the DC office.
Pal Singh claimed that he had bought about one kanal land at Mehandli Khurd village in Anandpur Sahib area about two and a half years back. He had got the demarcation of the land done from the revenue authorities. However, the other party again got the demarcation done in their favour in connivance with the kanungo concerned and was told by the officials that his land fell in Raipur Sahni village, he claimed.
He alleged that a BJP minister was helping the other party and he was attacked thrice by the other party.
Pal Singh said he was running from pillar to post in the administration to get justice and possession of land. However, he was denied justice as a result of which he decided to immolate himself.
The deputy commissioner summoned the relevant file and directed the officials to get the demarcation of the land done again from two revenue officials on Tuesday to the satisfaction of Pal Singh.
Pal Singh remained sitting near the office of the deputy commissioner with the kerosene bottle, but no official came there to hear him.
He had met the deputy commissioner and other officials in the morning, but allegedly had failed to get a positive response.
Meanwhile, CPI leader Jagdish Rai Bobby said his party would stand by Pal Singh to ensure justice to him.