KENDRAPARA : Niranjan Singh, a 45-year-old man, who allegedly attempted suicide bid by immolating himself in front of the Collector’s office at Kendrapara on November 8, succumbed to burn injuries on Saturday while undergoing treatment in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
Family members of the deceased staged protest in front of the Collector’s office by placing the body of Niranjan. They demanded stern action against the Collector and other officials, holding them responsible for the death.
Niranjan of Jaguleipada village under Kendrapara Sadar police limits had resorted to self-immolation in front of the Collector’s office on Tuesday alleging that the police arrested him in a false case last month at the behest of some ruling party leaders. He suffered 70 per cent burn injuries.
Ranjita Singh, wife of Niranjan said, “Police arrested my husband in a land dispute case with an ulterior motive. Some persons illegally acquired our IAY house last month for which we filed an FIR against them. Instead of arresting them, police arrested my husband. We have been running from pillar to post for justice. On Monday, we submitted a petition to the Collector in his grievance cell. But, the authorities did not pay any heed for which my husband immolated himself.” Collector, Debendra Das said, “we are investigating the reason behind his self- immolation attempt. The district administration will provide all types of help to the family members of the deceased.”