J&K HR chief tries to immolate self
10 December 2002
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Srinagar: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Forum Mohammad Ahsan Untoo on Tuesday made an abortive bid to set himself ablaze in protest against the alleged human rights violations in the state, police said. Untoo, who evaded attempts of the state police to take him into preventive custody on Monday night, tried to immolate himself on the Human Rights Day. He arrived in an autorickshaw at Red Cross road here at around 10.30 am, sprinkled kerosene and tried to set himself afire, police said. The policemen posted at the venue doused the flames engulfing Untoo but not before he burnt two fingers and some hair. He was taken into preventive custody and has been lodged at Kothibagh police station, they said. Untoo, a militant-turned human rights activist, has been actively campaigning to put an end to alleged human right violations in the state and demanded a probe into all such cases. On Monday, he had threatened to immolate himself if the state government did not concede to his demand. The security in and around the city has been tightened following plans by several separatist leaders to hold demonstrations to protest the human rights violations.