Lucknow, July 15 (IANS) A young man tried to immolate himself outside the official residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here on Friday, police said.
As Pankaj, 25, drenched himself with petrol and was about to set himself on fire, the security personnel manning the high-security residence overpowered him, after which he was arrested.
He told police that he hails from Aligarh and took the step because he was angry with the police as they were not helping him in a case against some local goons who had attacked him some time back.
Pankaj informed police officials that though he had registered an FIR, police refused to pursue the matter.
With his life at risk after the goons began to threaten him, he informed senior officials in Aligarh but to no avail.
He also said that he wanted to meet the Chief Minister and apprise him about his ordeal but was not allowed to. This angered him and he attempted self-immolation.