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Teacher dies after setting herself ablaze
Kapurthala (Punjab), Feb 8 (IANS)
Published on 8 Feb. 2010 11:56 PM IST
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A 27-year-old teacher, who set herself on fire in this Punjab town during a protest, died in a private hospital in Ludhiana early Monday, doctors said. The state government has announced a grant of Rs.5 lakh for the family of the teacher. Kiranjit Kaur of Faridkot district died of critical burn wounds Monday, doctors at Ludhiana’s D.M.C. Hospital said. Kaur had received nearly 90 percent burn injuries during her self-immolation attempt Sunday evening. She was taken to a civil hospital here from where she was rushed to the D.M.C. Hospital in Ludhiana, 80 km from here. Expressing his “pain and shock” at the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.5 lakh for the family of the teacher. “I have been deeply pained and shocked by the tragic incident. This is all the more painful as the whole sequence of events is the result of a tragic misunderstanding. All the demands for which the teachers were agitating yesterday had already been met and the decision put on record after a cabinet meeting.” “I convey my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the members of the bereaved family. The decision was also in public domain and hence the misunderstanding is all the more saddening,” Badal said here. Tension prevailed in this town Monday as many teachers reached here on hearing of Kaur’s death. Kaur was one of the four protesting education guarantee scheme (EGS) women teachers who had climbed on the tower-type water tank at the civil hospital complex here Sunday afternoon to draw the attention of the government towards their demands.

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