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Man seen on video setting himself on fire before hugging politician

By Mason White 12:05 PM May 2, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man is dead after setting himself on fire before hugging a politician who was giving a speech, police in India said.

The TV debate show in the northern part of the country, ended with horror after the spectator who was on fire, embraced the local politician, leaving him fighting for his life.

The man who set himself on fire, died in a hospital. The incident occurred on Monday at a park in Sultanpur. At one point during the debate, Durgesh Kumar Singh, emerged from a crowd of about 150 people, doused himself with gasoline and grabbed Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kamruzzama Fauji.

Singh suffered burns on 95 percent of his body, while Fauji was in critical condition with 75 percent of his body burned. Ram Kumar Singh and Chowdhary Hriday Ram Verma, who also participated in the debate, suffered minor burns.

Durgesh Kumar Singh was staying at a nearby hotel. Police said that they do not know the motive for the attack.