A 43-year-old man resorted to self-immolation in Pokhara on Sunday, less than a week after Prem Acharya died from burn injuries he sustained after setting himself ablaze in front of the Parliament building in Kathmandu.
Krishna Bahadur Chhetri, a resident of Kaski's Madi Rural Municipality, doused petrol on his body and set himself on fire in the bathroom of his rented house at Kahunkhola of Pokhara Metropolitan City-13. Chhetri owns a stationery shop.
House owner Sangita Sapkota was injured while trying to rescue Chhetri, eyewitnesses said, adding that neighbours rushed both of them to Gandaki Hospital. The two are undergoing treatment in the ICU section with critical burn injuries.
Officials at the hospital said that Sapkota had sustained more severe injuries than Chhetri.
Subas Timilsina, spokesperson for the District Police Office Kaski, said they were investigating into the incident without divulging details.
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