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Farmer dies after setting himself on fire because government refused to provide land deeds

By Mason White 10:53 AM February 26, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man is dead after setting himself on fire because the government decided not to issue land deeds to farmers, hospital officials in India said.

The man was identified as 45-year-old farmer Prabin Boro. He died on Monday, after he burned himself to death during a protest.

According to the initial investigation, Boro doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in Assam after the local government decided against giving deeds to people living in nearby Guwahati.

Boro was taken to a local hospital with burns on close to 100 percent of his body and was pronounced dead a short time later. His wife, Purnima, said that Boro planned to die during the protest for the greater good.

His wife begged him not to kill himself because he has three children, but he refused to listen. Now, Boro’s wife has launched legal action against two politicians, claiming that their actions led to the death of her husband.