A physically challenged youth, Yogesh Sahu, 28, who had set himself ablaze in front of official residence of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh in Raipur on July 21, died early Wednesday.
He was being treated at a private hospital with severe burn injuries.
"Yogesh Kumar Sahu breathed his last at around 3.40 AM. He had sustained around 85 per cent burns," Dr Sunil Kalda, who was attending on him at Kalda Burns and Plastic Surgery Centre, Raipur, told.
"He was admitted with around 85% burn injuries. We tried our best to save him, but could not succeed," Dr Sunil Kalra said.
A resident of Birgaon area on the outskirts of Raipur, Sahu was admitted to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial hospital after he set himself on fire in Civil Lines area here on July 21 during Singh's 'Jandarshan' programme (public grievance redressal meet). Subsequently, he was admitted to Kalda hospital for advanced treatment.
Sahu had visited the chief minister for a job because the financial condition of his family of five was precarious. Security personnel took his application but did not allow him to meet the chief minister because he was reportedly late for the meeting. He then tried to commit suicide.
Later, the CM had announced the state government will bear his medical expenses.
The CM expressed condolences over Sahu's demise and assured to extend all possible support to his family.
Terming the incident as "very sad" and "unfortunate", Singh said, "Human life is precious. Youth should never get disappointed in their life and be prepared to take on every challenge. The state government has been running several schemes for self-employment of the youth and they should take advantage."
But the opposition Congress has questioned the state government’s employment policy. "The youths of Chhattisgarh are deprived of their rights and getting desperate. The employment opportunities have drastically shrunk under the present government and the state is aiming to outsource vacant posts,” PCC president Bhupesh Baghel alleged.