NSUI leader Rohit Pandey, who had allegedly set himself on fire at Ramnagar in Nainital district recently, died during treatment in Delhi today with Chief Minister Harish Rawat ordering a CB-CID probe into the incident.
Pandey died during treatment at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital, an official release here said.
Expressing grief at the demise of the young leader, Rawat ordered a CB-CID probe into the immolation incident and said stern action will be taken against whoever is found responsible for it, it said.
He also appealed to all sections of people and student organisations to help maintain law and order in the state.
Pandey had sustained severe burn injuries when he immolated himself on November 4 at Ramnagar in protest against some of the NSUI leaders being booked in a case of arson.
A local NSUI leader, Pandey was demanding the transfer of a police SHO, who according to him had allegedly lodged a false case against five Union activists for torching three bikes parked outside ABVP office at Maldhan in the district during student union polls recently.
His charge was that the NSUI workers named in the case had been wrongly booked by the SHO who should be immediately transferred.
However, when it did not happen, Pandey and three others including youth Congress leader Deep Gunwant, Tanuj Durgapal and Godhan Fartyal climbed atop a water tank with bottles of petrol.
The situation aggravated when the police allegedly did not make an effort to resolve it through a negotiation.
Pandey then set fire to himself. The youth was rushed to a hospital from where he was referred to Delhi.