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26/11 hero’s uncle sets self on fire near Parliament

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI/BANGALORE: The uncle of 26/11 martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan allegedly set himself on fire outside Parliament House on Thursday evening and was taken to hospital in a critical state with 93% burns. Police said he was disturbed over his nephew's death at Taj Mahal hotel during the Mumbai attack.

    K Mohanan, 56, poured kerosene on his body and set himself afire outside Gate 4 of Parliament House near Vijay Chowk around 5.45pm, police said, adding they had found a four-page suicide note which was being "examined".

    "He was determined to set himself on fire. He told eyewitnesses that he was very close to Sandeep and wanted to feel the pain that Sandeep went thro8 ugh,'' additional DCP ( New Delhi) V A Gupta said.

    Mohanan arrived in Delhi two days ago from Kozhikode, where he ran a vegetable business. Police said he had spent two days at the railway station waiting for an opportunity. He has a wife and two children.

    "People at the spot tried to douse the fire and called the police. He was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital," Gupta said. Sources at RML hospital said they heard Mohanan say he was unhappy at the way the victims of the Mumbai attacks were being treated by the government. Doctors described his condition as "extremely critical.''

    For the family of Major Unnikrishnan in Bangalore, it was yet another shock that unfolded on the television screen.

    "Yes, that's him... But I don't know what to say or why he did it," said a shocked K Unnikrishnan, Mohanan's elder brother and father of the 26/11 hero.

    Even by 8.30pm, the family said they had received no direct information about Mohanan. "He left Calicut (Kozhikode) on Sunday saying he had some work in Delhi and would return soon. The next we heard was the news on TV. Some channels also quoted him saying he was Sandeep's chacha before the act... We infer that he has severe burns... We are rushing to Delhi to find out more," K Unnikrishnan said.

    The shock brought back memories of 26/11, when his son, Major Sandeep, called at 11.30pm to ask him to watch the "interesting" episode outside Taj being shown live on TV. A day later, his body was being shown on TV. He was awarded the Ashok Chakra for exemplary bravery in battling terrorists holed up inside the heritage hotel.

    Police said they have found Mohanan's train ticket and a notebook. "From the train ticket, we think he reached Delhi on January 30," an officer said.

    26/11 hero?s uncle sets self on fire near Parliament - The Times of India
     
  2. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    26/11 hero’s uncle sets himself ablaze

    The uncle of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the NSG officer who was killed battling militants at the Taj in Mumbai during the 26/11 attack, attempted suicide by immolating himself at Vijay Chowk on Thursday evening.


    According to police, K Mohanan arrived at Vijay Chowk around 5.45 pm with a can of kerosene and set himself ablaze. He was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and later moved to Safdarjung, where he is battling for life with 98 per cent burns.



    “I have seen the visuals on TV. From the handwriting in Malayalam, I believe it is my own younger brother. It is true that he is Sandeep’s uncle,” K Unnikrishnan, Sandeep’s father, said in Bangalore.


    “I don’t know why he has done this. I am not in an emotional state to talk about it. Many people who are related to Sandeep are prepared for sacrifices and are concerned about many things. My brother is a very intelligent man,” said Unnikrishnan.

    Addl DCP (New Delhi) V A Gupta said: “K Mohanan came to Delhi two days ago from Kozhikode. He attempted suicide because he wanted to feel the pain that his nephew must have felt.”


    A senior police officer said: “K Mohanan informed a few mediapersons, who parked their OB vans outside Parliament House, before taking the extreme step. Some of them recorded the incident on their cameras without anyone trying to save his life,” said a senior police officer.


    In the first two pages of his diary, which the police recovered later along with a train ticket and his identity card, Mohanan has written that “the administrators and representatives of the political parties could not do anything for the victims of the 26/11 attack. It was actually a war against two nations. Wasn’t the decision that was taken by the government on the Kandahar incident a reason for the Mumbai attack?... Anyone can come to India and do anything in India... Indian democracy is a curse for India itself... the enemies are utilising this... why is the government delaying the introduction of a bill in Parliament against terrorism?.... Democracy should be for the well-being of the nation, and it should not make way for terrorism... Sandu mon (Sandeep Unnikrishnan) you are forgotten every passing day... but I will never forget you.”


    Mohanan runs a grocery shop at his home town, Cheruvannur, a suburban area of Kozhikode in Kerala. According to the family, he had left home last Sunday, saying he was headed for Ernakulam. Locals recalled that Mohanan used to complain that victims of the Mumbai terror attack had not got justice. He reportedly had no financial problems or mental ailment. With inputs from ENS Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram.

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  3. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Its kind of strange incident..Seems like the tragic death of sandeep is haunting him..

    @marxist .. do u remember how badly , the CM achuthanadan was treated when he reached the house of sandeep at Bangalore.
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    yes...
     
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  5. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Had be been sent to a Hospital for people with Psychological problems may be his life could have been saved.
     
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    Sad accident and shame on mumbai government this kind of things happens when you don't give proper coverage to your fallen heroes people just talk about rich, vvip and Taj.
    What they need to do now is to give this title "Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road" to any famous road/bridge/underpass in Mumbai.
     
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    ^^ Scofield:

    You don't know what you're talking about. Coverage was indeed given to the martyr who died at the hands of those 10 uncouth Pakistanis, and the whole nation knows his name. And if you search hard enough you'll see that his name has been honoured in Bangalore (which is where his family stays), by naming a road "Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road".

    This particular person had psychological problems. There was no cause to set himself ablaze to "feel the pain that Sandeep felt". He should have been provided psychiatric treatment before the act, then all would have been well - there is nothing more to it.
     
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    I feel sorry for his wife and two kids whose life has been changed forever.

    It is a sad personal tragedy, lets just hope people do not try and make this another political issue.
     
  9. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    People should not get defensive...

    Families of our heroes must be protected. Sadly secular party even failed in this. :tdown:
     
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    Wow I thanked this post :tup: especially for the first one.
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    26/11 martyr Maj Unnikrishnan's uncle dead

    New Delhi, Feb 5 Mumbai attack martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan&aposs uncle, who attempted self immolation to protest the government&aposs alleged apathy in treating victims of the 26/11 strike, succumbed to injuries, police said today.
    56-year-old K Mohanan, who had suffered 98 per cent burn injuries, died at 11:55 PM last night at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here.

    While undergoing treatment, he had also suffered a heart attack.Mohanan, a native of Kozhikode in Kerala, had poured kerosene and set himself on fire outside Gate No 4 of Parliament House near Vijay Chowk on Thursday.

    Mohanan had told doctors that he was unhappy at the way the victims of the Mumbai attacks were treated by the government."He was disturbed at the death of Sandeep. He wanted to feel the pain Sandeep might have suffered when he was shot at by the terrorists,"the official said.Mohanan, the younger brother of Sandeep&aposs father, had told his family that he was leaving for Ernakulam but instead left for the national capital, he said.

    Sandeep&aposs father K Unnikrishnan had said,"We are happy with the way the government has treated our son. We have no grievances. Mohanan was very fond of Sandeep. We thought that he had overcome the grief but ended up doing this".

    U Nongsain Hima Khasi News Paper|26/11 martyr Maj Unnikrishnan's uncle dead
     
  12. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Wonder who is in power in Karnataka.
     
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    I don't think he died yet... he is still battling with his life.
     
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    In that case wish him a speedy recovery.....
     
  15. Hembo

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    Sad incident born out of shear love for Sandeep and our, ever so present, bureocratic delays in handling such matters. Although we are growing satisfactorily, we have failed miserably in bringing in humane side to our administration. Sandeep being a hero was definitely given a befetting farewell then.. then with each passing days, heroes like him just remains a statistical figure in our BABU's books.. Obviously his uncle could not handle that his nephew's grand sacrifice was not enough to wake up those power centers to even introduce a decent Anti-terrorism Bill in the house.

    So much for snail paced governence. And its not the failure of one political party.. It's a failure of us all Indians when it comes to administrative reforms.. be in Congress, BJP or any other political party, the BABU-GIRI remains the same..

    It's in our mentality.. A accident victim remains a mere accident victim to the bystanders.. Not a husband/ father who needs to be taken to immediate medical care to give him a fair chance of survival.. Do we still remember the apalling video of the injured police inspector being filmed and witnessed suffering by top politicians and his escorts for hours before given the due humane care..

    Lets not dodge it.. At times we are worst then animal when it comes to care compasionately for a fellow human being.. Be it the government, police and administration, media or the simple non-political bystander..
     
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