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Horror Indian TV debate sees burning man embrace politician

Published on Apr 29, 2014 6:32 PM

LUCKNOW (AFP) - A television debate show in northern India has ended in horror after a spectator set himself ablaze and embraced a local politician, leaving both men fighting for their lives, police and a witness told AFP Tuesday.

The election show on India's state-owned national TV channel Doordarshan was being recorded in a park on Monday in Sultanpur, a town about 160km from the city of Lucknow.

A man, named by police as Durgesh Kumar Singh, emerged from a crowd of about 150 onlookers, doused himself in petrol and then grabbed the local leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Kamruzzama Fauji, engulfing the pair in flames.

Singh sustained burns on 95 per cent of his body which are likely to be fatal, while Fauji was in a critical state with 75 per cent burns, police said.

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