Ganderbal youth succumbs 11 days after self immolation

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Ganderbal youth succumbs 11 days after self immolation

Srinagar, March 5: A 27-year-old youth, who was injured after setting himself on fire to protest the demolition of his complex, in Kangan tehsil of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district nearly two weeks ago, died at a hospital on Saturday, reports said.

Amir Hamid Shah of Harran Kangan succumbed this morning at a hospital where he was admitted with serious burn injuries on February 22, officials said.

Amir set himself ablaze on the roof of the structure when a demolition squad was about to pull down his newly constructed complex, videos of the incident which surfaced on social media showed.

Shortly after the incident, the police issued a statement. “During the demolition drive undertaken by Irrigation and Flood Control Department over the banks of Nalla Sindh on February 22, Amir Hamid Shah suddenly appeared from behind the illegal structure and self-immolated on its roof in protest against the demolition of illegal structure raised on the banks of the water body,” read the police statement.

Divisional administration has already ordered a time-bound enquiry into the incident.

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