The home guard of Odisha police, who nine days ago had immolated himself before the residence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, protesting his dismissal from service, succumbed to his burn injuries on Sunday.
Sandeep Hati, 45, died in Trauma ICU of SCB Medical College and hospital of Cuttack after the burn injuries led to severe septicaemia, said doctors at the hospital.
Hati, dismissed from his job of police home guard three years ago, was admitted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar on September 2 night after he doused himself with kerosene and immolated before Naveen Niwas, CM’s residence. Before the policemen present near Naveen Niwas could come for his rescue, Hati had sustained over 70 per cent burn injuries. Hati was first admitted to Capital Hospital in here and then shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack this morning as his condition turned critical.
Hati, who stayed in Palas Palli area of the city, alleged that he was sacked by the Commissionerate Police three years ago over allegations that he participated in a rally against the then Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Nitinjeet Singh, seeking justice for another fellow home guard. Hati said a home guard at the former DCP’s house had served hot Kheer to Singh’s wife. “But she threw the hot Kheer on the face of the home guard in anger. I had reported the incident to our association. I was dismissed on the grounds of my involvement in a rally by home guards. However, I wasn’t present in the rally,” he said.
Currently, there are 17,675 home guards of which 16,405 are men. A Home Guard gets Rs 220 towards Duty Call up Allowance per day for 8 hours of duty. On completion of 3 years as a Home Guards, based on his suitability and efficiency, he is reappointed by a Board.
After the incident, police DG KB Singh had said he would hold a discussion with the Commissionerate police in this regard and the matter would be investigated. Singh said probe would be conducted to find out under what circumstances Hati entered into the strong security ring of the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, police have started keeping buckets of water and blanket outside Naveen Niwas to prevent such incidents in future.