Youth sets himself alight during demolition drive in Ganderbal


In a shocking incident and arguably first of its type incident, a youth set himself on fire in Kashmir during a demolition drive in the Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.

Divulging information to The Kashmiriyat, official sources said that a team of revenue officials from the district along with Jammu Kashmir Police reached the spot of the “illegal” construction in Ganderbal’s Harran area on Tuesday.

“Before the Police or the officials could reach the spot of the construction, the man set himself on fire at the rooftop of the building,” he said, adding that the construction is illegal and has no permission from any of the concerned departments.

During demolition owner of Complex Abdul Hamid Shah son of Ghulam Ahmed Shah, a resident of Harran Ganderbal in a bid to stop the department from demolishing their newly built complex along with family members/relatives and threw some stones towards the party, the official said.

He said that during the drive Aamir Ahmed Shah tried to burn him with kerosene or petrol.

The official said that after the incident the demolition drive was immediately stopped.

Aamir was rescued by the locals on spot however he received burn injuries before flames were doused and was shifted to hospital.

Police said that a deep trench was dug by the owners of the structure to prevent any ingress into the premises which prevented a prompt rescue.

Meanwhile, the police has rendered all help and support in the hospitalization and assured family members of the best medical treatment. One police team is already there in the hospital and facilitating his treatment.

Moreover, Police has asked media fraternity and the general public not to circulate the video of the unfortunate incident which is too graphic for the common people.—KMS


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