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Elderly man attempts self-immolation in front of Odisha secretariat

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 31:

Hardly days after a youth attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison in front of the Odisha Secretariat, an elderly man attempted self-immolation on Friday afternoon. However, he was rescued by security personnel on duty.

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The elderly man identified as Rabindra Mohan Das has been admitted to the Capital Hospital for treatment. Rabindra, a native of Raghunathpur area in Jagatsinghpur, was currently residing in Dhauli area.

Reportedly, the man attempted self-immolation due to disputes within his family.

Rabindra claimed that he was a priest by occupation and his family consisted of his wife, two daughters and a son adding that he with his family had shifted to Bhubaneswar eight years ago. He said he and his family used to reside on rent at the house of Tuku Patnaik in Birabandha under Airfield police limits.

The elderly man said disputes within his family were continuing for a long time. He said while his relationship with his wife was strained, he was staying separately away from his family.  He alleged that three months back he was driven out from the rented house by landlord Tuku Patnaik. Since then he has been staying separately in Dhauli area away from his family and was in a bad mental state, he said.

At around 3 PM on Friday Rabindra was seen in front of Jayadev Bhawan while he was moving towards gate no. 2 of the state secretariat with a bottle of kerosene in his hand. While he was attempting to set himself on fire with a lighted matchstick after pouring kerosene on self in front of gate no.2, his attempt was foiled by security personnel on duty at the gate. Later, he was taken to Capital Hospital by the police for treatment.

“Investigation into the case is on. The real reason behind the self-immolation bid is yet to be ascertained since he is constantly changing his statement,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi on being asked about the incident.