A 19-year-old youth, who attempted self-immolation on the Osmania University campus here in support of a separate Telangana state, has died, police said on Sunday.
S. Yadaiah from Nagaram village in adjacent Ranga Reddy district, who had come to the university to take part in the students’ agitation for Telangana, had poured petrol over his body and set himself on fire on Saturday evening.
He was rushed to the Apollo Hospital, where he succumbed to the burns on Saturday night, police said.
The question is how to make sure that no one commits suicide, and immolates?
This is a very disturbing and painful incident, when Yadiaiah was on fire; he was surrounded by tens of police personnel’s, and media and common public.
No one succeeded in saving his life, a police inspector helplessly tried to put the flames off the body using his police cap, off Yadaiah but in vain, his body was 80% burned.
Had there been fire exenguisers, or means to protect and provide immediate measures to put the flames off possible Yadiaiah would be alive.
Is police equipped to act and help in situations of emergency like like this and save life? How good it would be if life was saved. Sorrow filled state, and nation is in a state of shock.
Fearing a backlash from the student community, the Andhra Pradesh Police got the body shifted to his native place early on Sunday morning.
City police commissioner A.K. Khan said Yadaiah’s post-mortem was conducted and the body taken to his village.
Yadaiah, who set himself ablaze shouting pro-Telangana slogans in the campus yesterday, was identified with help of some certificates found in his bag along with a suicide note.
The note, purportedly written by him in Telugu, said the government is not responding to the agitation for a separate Telangana.
”People like me will get jobs if Telangana state is formed. I am giving life for Telangana and please don’t stop this movement till Telangana is achieved,” the note said.
The incident last night sparked off tension in the university area, where police sealed off the campus to prevent students from participating in the ‘assembly muttadi’ (siege) announced by the Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee.