With heat on the Sri Lanka issue picking up, a 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation to press the Union government to vote against Sri Lanka United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for war crimes.
Police said S Mani, 45 from Nallavadu, arrived at the Cuddalore collectorate in northern Tamil Nadu with a can of kerosene. He doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze while raising slogans against the Union government for failing to protect the Sri Lankan Tamils, many of whom were killed in the civil war in the island nation.
Policemen on duty and passersby rescued him and admitted him in the Cuddalore government general hospital.
Mani is battling for life after sustaining severe burn injuries in the suicide bid.
A few members of pro-Tamil outfits and parties supporting LTTE had committed self-immolation in recent years demanding action against the Sri Lankan government for human rights violation during the fag end of the ethnic war between the government and the LTTE.
However, police claimed that Mani could have resorted to the extreme step because his family failed to get the Tsunami relief and rehabilitation package.
Courtesy - Times of India