Chinese man sets fire to packed passengers bus to gain fame

A Chinese man, who set a fire inside a packed passenger bus in east China last week injuring himself and 31 others, did it to gain fame, state media reported on tuesday.

PTI| Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 19:28 PM IST

Beijing: A Chinese man, who set a fire inside a packed passenger bus in east China last week injuring himself and 31 others, did it to gain fame, state media reported on tuesday.

Bao Laixu, the 34-year-old male suspect was lonely and had a pessimistic view of life, Chinese police said.

He visited Hangzhou on Saturday and got into a bus packed with tourists near Lingyin Temple.

Video footage shown by CCTV showed him pouring flammable liquid and set it on fire.

Initial investigations and current evidence showed that the bus fire incident was committed by Bao himself without accomplice, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Bao was seriously injured in the incident and undergoing treatment along with 31 others.

A number of such incidents in recent past were committed by disgruntled people.

Bao is from the northwestern province of Gansu and has worked part-time in other cities, including Lanzhou and Guangzhou.

He has had almost no contact with his family in his home village, villagers told police.