Jammu & Kashmir

Man sets himself ablaze to resist demolition of shopping complex, hospitalised

Ganderbal: A man set himself ablaze on Tuesday following a demolition drive by authorities in Gundrahman area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

An official said that during the demolition of the complex at Gundrahman a young man identified as Amir Ahmad Shah, son of Abul Hameed Shah of Harran sustained burn injuries after he set himself ablaze.

He said that the injured man was referred to SKIMS Soura for treatment.

Officials said that the person burnt himself when a demolition drive was being conducted and the officials tried to demolish his newly constructed complex ‘illegally’ built on government land.

Pertinently, Tehsildar Ganderbal along with Municipal Council has launched a demolition campaign against illegal encroachments in Gundrahman.

During the demolition owner of Complex Abul Hamid Shah, son of Ghulam Ahmad of Harran tried to stop demolition along with family members and relatives by pelting stones towards the party, officials said.

The officials said that the son of owner Aamir Ahmad Shah tried to burn himself with kerosene or petrol and got injured following which he was shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment.

The officials said that the demolition drive has been stopped as of now

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan when contacted didn’t divulge anything with regard to the health condition of the injured man.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said that during a demolition drive undertaken by the Irrigation and Flood Control department over the banks of Nalla Sindh, one person identified as Amir Hamid Shah, son of Nazir Ahmad Shah of Haran Ganderbal suddenly appeared from behind the illegal structure and self-immolated on its roof in protest against the demolition of illegal structure raised on the banks of Nalla Sindh.

“The said person received burn injuries before flames were doused and was subsequently shifted to hospital,” he said.

He said that a deep trench was dug by the owners of the structure to prevent any ingress into the premises which prevented a prompt rescue.

Meanwhile, the police have rendered all help and support in the hospitalization and assured family members of the best medical treatment.

“One police team is already there in the hospital and facilitating his treatment.”

Meanwhile, police appealed to the media fraternity and the general public not to circulate the video of the unfortunate incident which is too graphic for the common people.


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