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Ex-BCL leader sets himself on fire on fire in front of Press Club

Khalid Umar Malik
07 Jul 2022, 17:32 GMT+10

DHAKA, Bangladesh - A former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader reportedly set himself on fire at Dhaka's National Press Club in protest of a company's refusal to pay him Tk 12.6 million in dues.

Gazi Anis, 50, a former president of the organization's Kushtia district unit who was working as a contractor at the time of the incident on Monday, was admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

According to witnesses, Anis set himself on fire in the club's garden around 5 p.m. People on the scene doused the fire with water.

Md Ali, the man who drove Anis to the hospital, said Anis told him on the way that Henolux owed him Tk 12.6 million but refused to pay. Anis had previously demonstrated, demanding payment, but to no avail.

Anis had invested money in Henolux upon its owner's assurance of hefty profit.

He died on Tuesday after suffering 80 percent burns to his body.

Following his death, police arrested Henolux Group Managing Director Md Nurul Amin and his wife, Director Fatema Amin, on Wednesday for aiding and abetting suicide.

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