A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attempting suicide on several occasions. The man, identified as Vinod Kumar Diwakar, had on two earlier occasions attempted suicide outside the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and once at Vijay Chowk, said police.
Diwakar, a resident of east Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar, was reportedly upset over not being allotted space to install a kiosk in central Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. He was booked under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC, which is a bailable offence.
He was held Sunday after he approached the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and allegedly threatened to commit suicide if he did not get a place for his kiosk. A team from the Tughlak Road police station arrested him later from his residence in east Delhi.
“Diwakar had tried to commit suicide on July, 14, 2005, outside the Congress president’s residence, demanding a place for his kiosk in Chandni Chowk. He had claimed that his spot had been given to some other person by the civic agency,” said a police officer. Diwakar had allegedly poured kerosene on himself but was stopped in time by police personnel.
In a second attempt, on March, 3, 2009, he had allegedly consumed poison outside 10 Janpath. He was taken to a government hospital and discharged later, said a police officer. He had been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail. In March, 2011, he allegedly tried to set himself on fire at Vijay Chowk but was rescued by security personnel. “After his arrest, he was again released on bail. Despite reminders, he did not appear in court and was declared a proclaimed offender,” added the police officer.