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first_imgA 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s “Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra” in Sonipat on Monday, allegedly perturbed over the unemployment of his two sons. He sustained more than 50% burns and has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak.Five more persons sustained burns in the incident. Chief Medical Officer, Sonipat, Ashwani Kumar, said all the five injured were out of danger, but one of them, Chandram, has also been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, for better treatment.Rajesh, the victim, told mediapersons that he had met Mr. Khattar at Haryana Bhawan in 2016 seeking jobs for his two sons. He said the Chief Minister asked him to come to him after the vacancies for Group D jobs were advertised and assured help. But both his sons failed to make it in the recent appointments to Group D jobs. Rajesh, a worker at a factory in Rai, said he was worried about his sons’ future and set himself afire in protest.An eye-witness told The Hindu that Rajesh doused himself with an inflammable liquid soon after Mr. Khattar ended his speech at Rathdhana village around noon. He set himself afire and ran amok hugging people in the crowd, causing injuries to them as well. He was overpowered and taken to Civil Hospital in an ambulance along with the other injured.Mr. Khattar had kicked off his State-wide tour, ‘Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra’, in Panchkula earlier this month ahead of the Assembly elections due in October. He will reach all the 90 Assembly segments of the State till September 8.‘75,000 govt. jobs’Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain claimed that 75,000 government jobs were given during the BJP rule and the appointments were made in a transparent manner.Sonipat SP Pratiksha Godara said a case was registered against Rajesh on charges of attempt to suicide and causing hurt. She said the preliminary investigation suggested that the man was “mentally unstable”.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img

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