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Indian politician hugged by 'human torch' dies of burns

Published on May 3, 2014 9:27 PM
 
Indian bystanders attempt to douse the blaze as local leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr Kamruzzama Fauji, and his attacker are engulfed in flames during an election television debate in a local park in Sultanpur, a town about 160km from the city of Lucknow. The Indian politician hugged during a television election debate by a "human torch" has died of burn injuries, the family said on Saturday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LUCKNOW, India (AFP) - An Indian politician hugged during a television election debate by a "human torch" has died of burn injuries, the family said on Saturday.

The politician died late Friday in hospital, his family said, after suffering burns to 75 per cent of his body when a member of the audience doused himself in petrol and grabbed him.

The local leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr Kamruzzama Fauji, and his attacker were engulfed in flames in front of the horrified audience as the television debate was being recorded for broadcast later.

India's media had described the attacker as looking like a "human torch".

 
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