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Man who attempted self-immolation dies outside Supreme Court

Earlier this week, a 27-year-old man who allegedly attempted suicide with a woman died outside the Supreme Court here. Police officials have confirmed the news of the youth’s death on Saturday morning.

On Monday, the man had suffered up to 65 percent burns while attempting self-immolation, while the 24-year-old woman suffered up to 85 percent burns. Both were immediately admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Police said that the woman is still undergoing treatment. She said that she hails from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh and was allegedly raped by Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai in 2019. The MP is in judicial custody in this case for the last two years. Before attempting suicide, the woman, along with a colleague, had recorded a Facebook Live video in which she revealed her identity and alleged that she had filed a rape case against Rai in 2019. The rape victim had also alleged that some senior police officers and others were supporting the accused. Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Yadav said investigation is on to find out the exact reason, but it is suspected that he attempted suicide as he feared being cultivated in fraud cases by the accused party.

He had claimed that a local court in UP had issued a non-bailable warrant against him and he was summoned by the judge. Earlier in March, the woman had filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking transfer of her rape case from Allahabad to Delhi for a fair trial on grounds of threat to her life. Following the case in August, a local court in Varanasi issued a non-bailable warrant against him in a forgery case based on a complaint filed by the accused MP’s brother.

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