Woman immolates self outside BMC headquarters in Mumbai

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 00:35

Mumbai: Apparently frustrated over not being
able to get a job in BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),
a 25-year-old woman today allegedly tried to commit suicide by
immolating herself outside the civic body`s headquarters in
south Mumbai.

The victim, Renuka Mahadik, sustained 70 per cent burns
and was being treated at the J J hospital. Her condition was
stated to be out of danger, police said.

Renuka was accompanied by her brother Vikas Salve when
the incident occurred, police said, adding preliminary probe
suggested it was a suicide attempt.

However, officials were also probing if Vikas had set the
victim on fire, police said.

"According to eye witnesses, the victim engulfed in
flames was running on the Mahanagar Palika road, screaming for
help at around 5 pm. She fell down in front of the BMC
headquarters with burn injuries. Vikas was trying to douse
fire," Assistant Police Commissioner Suresh Marathe said.

She was rushed to nearby G T hospital, from where she was
later taken to J J hospital with 70 per cent burn injuries, he

A bottle and match box was recovered from the spot,
Marathe said.

Although the victim`s statement has not recorded as she
was unable to talk as yet, initial probe suggested she had
come to meet someone in the BMC headquarters in connection
with her job.


First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 00:35

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