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Youth commits self-immolation, police see no political connection

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A 22-year-old man, who attempted immolation at his native Keel Chettipattu village in Tiruvannamalai on Friday night and suffered third degree burns, died at the Government Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital on Sunday evening.

Tiruvannamalai police said that Jagan alias Pandian (22), a loading worker of Keel Chettipattu, doused himself with kerosene and set himself afire in front of his house situated in a secluded place on Friday night. He was a PMK cadre .

But, police said his self-immolation had nothing to do with the arrest of PMK leaders. Police officials said that his mother Indira in her report to Thandarampattu police said that he used to drink and quarrel with her often; he had cut his arms with glass in past instances.

On Friday, he was in an inebriated condition and quarrelled with her over no prominent reason before his bid to immolate.

When he was admitted to Tiruvannamalai Government Medical College Hospital, initially, doctors found the person drunk and unconscious. It was only after being shifted to KMC, Chennai, that political reasons surfaced, according to police.

Before he was shifted to the burns ward of KMC on Saturday night, Jagan was referred to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital at Adukkamparai.

“He had sustained 77 per cent third degree burns. His face and upper chest were spared but the rest of the body was burned. He was unconscious and his condition was bad.

He succumbed to burns at 7 p.m. on Sunday,” J. Jaganmohan, professor and head, Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, KMC said.

At KMC, Sowmya Anbumani, wife of former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, met the family members of Jagan at KMC.

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