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Businessman, who set himself ablaze at JPC, dies

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 5th July, 2022 10:03:19 AM
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A businessman who allegedly attempted to commit suicide by setting himself on fire at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday passed away on Tuesday morning.

The deceased was identified as Gazi Anis, also former president of Kushtia district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

He breathed his last at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery at 6:15am while undergoing treatment.

Coordinator of the institute Dr Samanta Lal Sen confirmed the news.

Kazi Anis took the extreme step at 5pm on Monday "out of frustration" after Henolux, the company, refused to settle his dues of Tk1.26 crore, according to some journalists.

With burn injuries to several parts of the body, journalists and others rescued Gazi Anis and took him to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, said Bachchu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost.

Mohammad Ali, a friend of Anis, told reporters at the hospital that Anis owed Tk 1.26 crore to Henolux Company Limited, which had not been paying the amount back for long.

Contacted, Sazzadur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told the Daily Sun that they heard that Anis was the former president of Kushtia district BCL, but could not verify the information instantly.

A private company borrowed Tk 1.26 crore from him and it had not been paying him the money back, he said.

Anis came to the press club to hold a press briefing against the company aiming to get back his money, the police officer said, adding that he suddenly set himself on fire. “We’re looking into the matter,” he said.

Officer- in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station Moudut Hawlader said, “Around two months ago, Anis formed a human chain claiming that a mircocredit company owed to him around Tk 1.26 crore. On Monday afternoon, he suddenly set himself on fire at the badminton playground of the press club.”