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Man immolates self in front of Assam secretariat

A 40-year-old landless carpenter died after he set himself on fire in front of Assam Secretariat in Dispur on Monday. Pranab Boro, who was an active member of  Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), was taking part in the outfit’s protest against the government’s plan to distribute lands to landless people. The KMSS has alleged that […]

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
February 25, 2014 9:30:08 am

A 40-year-old landless carpenter died after he set himself on fire in front of Assam Secretariat in Dispur on Monday.
Pranab Boro, who was an active member of  Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), was taking part in the outfit’s protest against the government’s plan to distribute lands to landless people. The KMSS has alleged that the land documents are being given to only a “handful” of families”, while hundreds of them are eligible.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi termed the incident “unfortunate” and said his government would initiate legal actions against KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi for instigating Boro to set himself on fire. The police said Boro arrived at the Secretariat drenched in petrol and with the intention of setting himself on fire.“Immediately after alighting from the vehicle he set himself on fire,” SSP of Guwahati City Police A P Tiwari told The Indian Express.

He ran for about 20 metres towards the Secretariat until he fell down. Boro was taken to hospital where he died .  He lived in a shed with his wife and children on a reserved forest land in Garchuk. The cremation, which will coincide with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s rally in here on Tuesday, is likely to draw a large number of people.

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