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Sikh youth immolates self at Delhi railway station while passersby film incident



Ajay Kumar | Posted by Ashna Kumar

A 20-something youth set himself afire at a railway station in Delhi, his charred body remained at the platform for over three hours- and all the passersby did was videotape the whole incident.

In a shocking incident on Saturday, a youth, who is in his twenties has immolated himself at Sakur Basti railway station. Surprisingly, none of the passengers nor any GRP official come forward to his rescue though. Instead, they immediately got busy shooting the incident on their mobile phones. The deceased, an unidentified Sikh youth, wearing a turban, squirmed for about
10 minutes after the act of immolation before eventually breathing his last on the spot.The incident took place at around 6pm on Saturday, after the youth had reportedly roamed around the railway track of Sakur Basti for more than an hour or so. “He looked depressed while he was roaming on and off the track.

His act drew all attention only after he ended up taking out a bottle of kerosene from his bag and poured on his own body. After only a few seconds, he lit up a match stick and set himself on fire,” informed an officer of GRP, Sarai Rohilla station.

The passengers present on the platform called the GRP.However, the fire by then had engulfed his body. The helpless youth cried for help but none came forward to douse the flame. The body remained at the station for at least three hours – thanks to a blame game played by the GRP and the Delhi Police over the jurisdiction of the area. When contacted, Aslam Khan, DCP (Northwest) said that the incident took place on the railway track and therefore it was a case of the GRP.

Parvej Ahmad, DCP, Railway, however contradicted him and said that the case will be looked after by the local police and also that the body was not found on the track. The body was finally taken to the mortuary by the GRP. “We are waiting for the claimant of the body. We will then perform a post-mortem,” an official said.

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