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All is not well with Choubey’s love life: cops

Thirty-year-old Abhishek Kumar Choubey,who set himself ablaze in South Block on Saturday,took the drastic step because he was “dissatisfied with the way the country was being run by the Prime Minister”.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi |
February 17, 2009 1:09:10 am

Dear Prime Minister,you haven’t done much for the country,he wrote

Thirty-year-old Abhishek Kumar Choubey,who set himself ablaze in South Block on Saturday,took the drastic step because he was “dissatisfied with the way the country was being run by the Prime Minister”.

Choubey is in a critical state at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He has 98 per cent burn injury but was conscious for a while.

Choubey poured kerosene on himself that evening and set himself on fire at the Sena Bhawan Park. Before the police rushed him to hospital,Choubey faced the cameras of a news channel and said there was “something he needed to talk to the Prime Minister about”. Choubey had unsuccessfully tried to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for five days. The man from Jharkhand had also been to Singh’s home and office.

Meanwhile,the police have registered a case of ‘attempt to commit suicide’ and an inquiry is also on. From his trouser pockets,the police recovered a receipt issued by a hotel in Paharganj where Choubey had put up.

A senior officer said: “We went through his belongings. We found his passport,an ATM card,clothes and a diary. We gathered he worked as an electrician in a computer firm in Kuwait. He returned to India a few weeks ago. He checked into this hotel on February 9 and paid Rs 500 as room tariff.”

Choubey apparently recorded his grouses in the diary. In one of its pages,an entry read like a letter to the Prime Minister. He wrote: “Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,you have not done much for the country ever since you came to power. There was a rape case in Mumbai recently. Nobody was arrested… and no vital clues were found. Dreaded gangster Abu Salem was arrested by the Indian police,but inspite of him having committed indescribable offences,he is treated with respect and hospitality in the country. He has not been punished till now.”

The police official said Choubey had many complains and was unhappy the Prime Minister had not ‘addressed’ them.

Apart from this,the diary is also full of romantic poems. The police is investigating if Choubey was depressed because of a failed love affair. An officer pointed out that he chose Valentine’s Day to attempt suicide,which lends credence to the police’s suspicions.

His relatives have been informed but they are yet to arrive,officers said. The police are waiting for an opportunity to speak to Choubey.

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