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Man sets himself on fire at National Press Club

Monday, 4 July 2022


A man has set himself on fire at the National Press Club in Dhaka reportedly out of his frustration over a company’s refusal to pay him Tk 12.6 million in dues.

The 50-year-old man, Gazi Anis, was admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery after the incident on Monday, reports bdnews24.com.

Gazi Anis was the president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Kushtia district unit. He is currently working as a contractor.

Witnesses said Anis set himself on fire in the garden of the club around 5:00 pm. People at the scene doused the fire by pouring water.

Md Ali, a man who brought Anis to the hospital, said Anis told him on the way that a company named Henolux owes him Tk 12.6 million, but refused to pay. Anis had demonstrated earlier, demanding the dues, but to no avail.

Citing doctors, Inspector Bachchu Mia at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost said Anis suffered 80 per cent burns to his body.