A physically challenged youth, Yogesh Sahu, 28, who had set himself ablaze in front of official residence of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh in Raipur on July 21, died early Wednesday.
“He died at around 3.40 am today. Sahu was admitted at Kalda burn and cosmetic surgery hospital in a serious condition,” Raipur superintendent of police Sanjeev Shukla said.
Sahu, a resident of Birgaon in Raipur, had sustained over 70 per cent burn injuries. He had poured kerosene and set himself on fire outside the chief minister’s residence while Singh’s meeting to address public grievances was winding up in the afternoon.
Sahu had visited the chief minister for a job because the financial condition of his family of five was precarious. Security personnel took his application but did not allow him to meet the chief minister because he was reportedly late for the meeting. He then tried to commit suicide.
The chief minister has expressed grief over Sahu’s death. “It’s really sad and unfortunate. Youths shouldn’t get disillusioned and take extreme step. Various schemes, training and skill development programmes of the government are aimed at providing them employment,” Singh said.
But the opposition Congress has questioned the state government’s employment policy. “The youths of Chhattisgarh are deprived of their rights and getting desperate. The employment opportunities have drastically shrunk under the present government and the state is aiming to outsource vacant posts,” PCC president Bhupesh Baghel alleged.