Immolation bid by jobless man in Kolkata

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 17:29

Kolkata: A man who had lost his job
recently, tried to immolate himself along with his wife and
infant daughter on Tuesday before the West Bengal secretariat,
Writers` Buildings, but their attempt was foiled by the police.

The 32-year-old Sanjib Pal, who lost his job after
being accused of theft in a jewellery shop at Barrackpore in
North 24 Parganas district, along with his 19-year-old wife
Shilpa and two year-old daughter waited for some time
in front of B C Roy`s statue in front of the secretariat,
police said.

They then suddenly rushed to the high security central
gate of the secretariat and tried to douse themselves with
petrol, the sources said.

But, the security men present there immediately caught
the three and led them away, the sources said. The Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the Writers` Building when the incident happened.

Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda said that
the family resorted to the immolation bid `due to

Police sources said that Sanjib was driven to
desperation after his efforts to get a job failed and he
decided to commit suicide along with his family.

Asked if the three would be arrested, Pachnanda said a
case would be registered and he was looking into it.


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 17:29

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