Self-immolation bid by couple to avoid police
In a bizarre incident, a couple in Agra’s Dhulianganj locality set themselves on fire to avoid questioning by police. Bhavna Wal reports.Updated: Aug 04, 2009, 01:15 IST
In a bizarre incident, a couple in Agra’s Dhulianganj locality set themselves on fire to avoid questioning by police.
Sudhir Gupta (28) and his wife Rakhi (25) resorted to self-immolation on Monday at their house, as a contingent from the local Hariparvat police station entered their house to take away Sudhir for questioning.
The couple received 25 per cent burns, while their two-year-old daughter, Nandini, who was in her mother’s arms, also received 10 per cent burns. The family was admitted to SN Medical College.
Sudhir’s brother Manish claimed that on September 25, 2008, there was a robbery at a jeweller’s near Hathras, Sudhir’s native place. Since the shop owner mentioned Sudhir’s name, the police had been after him since then.
Manish said as another theft of jewellery had taken place in Hariparvat locality, the police came to arrest Sudhir.
Manish claimed although his brother had no role in the crime, the policemen had once beaten him up in the police
Sudhir’s neighbours said as soon as Sudhir opened the door, the policemen started dragging him away to the police station. Sudhir said he could be questioned at his house itself, but the policemen did not pay heed.
Sudhir somehow managed to free himself and set himself on fire. Soon, his wife Rakhi also joined him.