18 Held after Immolation Bid Near Patnaik's Residence

Published: 12th December 2013 11:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2013 11:58 AM   |  A+A-


At least 18 people, including six women, were arrested after a woman tried to set herself on fire at a protest near the official residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, police said Thursday.

Rina Pradhan, 32, Wednesday poured kerosene and tried to set herself on fire near the chief minister's residence Naveen Nivas in Bhubaneswar. She complained of police inaction over her brother's killing about three months ago.

She was accompanied by several others of her Dholapathar village in Khurda district, about 25 km from here.

Police whisked her away when she was about to light a matchstick, a police officer told IANS. Police arrested her and 17 others after the incident, he said.

Her brother, Ramakanta Bailarsingh, was found dead on a railway track near their village Sep 20.

Although police said it was a case of suicide, Rina and villagers have been demanding a probe.

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