Bhubaneswar: A suspended lady home guard Kanchan Patra attempted self-immolation at Mahatma Gandhi Marg here Tuesday.
According to available information, the woman doused herself with kerosene and tried set herself afire. However, police personnel deployed at the spot thwarted the attempt and rescued her.
She was rushed to Capital Hospital with burn injuries on her leg.
On being asked about the reason behind the bid, the victim attributed it to the DCP not assigning her any duty.
DCP, Bhubaneswar, Anup Sahu said that the suspended lady home guard was only trying to seek attention. He said she poured kerosene on her legs and not the body for self-immolation.
It may be mentioned here that she was rescued from Kuakhai River July 25 when she jumped into the river to commit suicide.
A press note was Tuesday issued by the Commissionerate Police which said two cases had earlier been filed against Patra– one at Saheed Nagar police station (452/13) under sections 341, 323,325,379 and 34 of the IPC and the other with serious charges of aiding her husband in a sexual abuse case (CS NO. 94/14) under sections 376, D/10p of IPC and 3 SC ST Act (POA) Act.
Following the cases, she was removed by the Home department under Rule 8 of the Home Guard Act November 30, 2013. She had also filed a writ petition at the High Court but later withdrew the petition. She was asked repeatedly to not wear the home guard uniform. The note also termed her mentally imbalanced.
A case has been registered again against her for her failed suicide bid Tuesday afternoon at Lower PMG area.