Ravi Saini,22,who set himself ablaze on Wednesday in an attempt to commit suicide,died at a private hospital where he was referred to after his condition deteriorated at the government-run Guru Nanak Hospital in the night.
Before his death,he had given statement to the police that he was being harassed by senior Congress leader and former Amritsar mayor Sunil Datti,following which the police booked Datti,his brother Sonu Datti and two others. There was reportedly a dispute between Ravi and the Dattis over a plot measuring 500 square yards on Batala Road.
Family members of the deceased said Datti came to their house along with a group of people on Wednesday and manhandled Ravi him,after which the latter poured kerosene on himself and committed suicide. He was admitted in hospital with 85 per cent burns.
On the other hand,Datti was not in the city on Thursday and sources close to him said he was in Chandigarh,adding that the case was politically motivated. Stating that he might be in the process of applying for bail,they said Datti would cooperate in the investigations.
Dinesh Singh,SHO,A-Division police station,said they were investigating the allegations and verifying all documents pertaining to the land,after which Datti would be questioned. No arrest has been made so far.