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Not allowed to meet Adityanath over debt, man tries to immolate himself

Facing a debt of Rs 2.50 lakh over medical treatment and deteriorating health, a man tried to immolate himself at the Gorakhnath temple premises in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur after security personnel did not permit him to meet chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

lucknow Updated: Mar 26, 2017 16:39 IST
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Rajkumar Bharti poured petrol and tried to set himself afire during a programme attended by Adityanath.
Rajkumar Bharti poured petrol and tried to set himself afire during a programme attended by Adityanath.(HT Photo)

Facing a debt of Rs 2.50 lakh over medical treatment and deteriorating health, a man tried to immolate himself at the Gorakhnath temple premises in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur on Sunday after security personnel did not permit him to meet chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Rajkumar Bharti, a resident of Rajpur Devri in Ballia district, poured petrol on himself and tried to set himself afire during a programme attended by the CM, police said.

He was, however, caught by the people present at the site, including mediapersons. He was detained by police who took him to a nearby police station.

Bharti said he had sought assistance from the chief minister.

“I am in the grip of a disease and have spent a large amount of money on treatment. I came from Ballia to seek help from Adityanath,” he told reporters.

“When I was not allowed to meet the CM, I thought suicide was the only way out, the state government should take care of my family…,” he said.

A letter was found in his possession in which he said he had taken a private loan of Rs 2.5 lakh for his medical treatment and was not getting any help from anywhere to repay it.

“Nobody is there to listen to my plea. I am under a huge debt and my health is deteriorating. I need help,” a sobbing Bharti said.

It was not immediately known whether CM Adityanath took note of the man’s request.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said the new Uttar Pradesh government would take a decision on a loan waiver scheme for farmers of the state.

(With agency inputs)