Vendor attempts suicide before BSP legislator’s house

August 11th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

Lucknow, Aug 11 (IANS) A roadside tea vendor set himself on fire in front of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator’s house in Naka locality here Monday afternoon, the police said. The vendor, Kamlesh Kashyap, received 90 percent burn injuries and was fighting for his life at the trauma centre of the CSMMU Medical College.

His family members alleged he took the extreme step as he was irked by legislator O.P. Singh, who had Sunday scolded him and asked him to remove his tea stall.

“The legislator threatened him of dire consequences, and fearing loss of his only means of living my father immolated himself,” his son Deepu said.

However, the police said that Kashyap was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident.

“His son has told us that after consuming alcohol, he took Rs.200 him and bought kerosene oil to immolate himself,” superintendent of police (west) Paresh Pandey told IANS.

Kashyap was in a critical condition and arrangements were being made to take his statement, he added.

“We have not yet received any complaint and nor a case has been lodged as yet. However, the incident is being probed,” Pandey said.

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