Ramna police division additional deputy commissioner Harun-or-Rashid told Prothom Alo, “A person attempted to set himself on fire. The police rescued him and have taken him to hospital. But we are yet to know the reason behind the attempted suicide.”

Md Ali, a friend of Kazi Anis, told Prothom Alo in the hospital that the Henolux company owed him Tk 12.6 million, but were not paying him the money. Earlier, he had protested by means of a human chain, but to no avail. Today, Monday, he set himself on fire.

No reply was received to calls made to the company Henolux on the phone number given on their website.

Inspector of police outpost of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Bacchu Mia said different parts of his body, including his face, were burnt in the fire. His treatment is underway.

Gazi Anis is former general secretary of Kushtia Government College unit Chhatra League. He was also the president of Kushtia district Chhatra League in 1993. A former member of Awami League, Anis used to live in a rented house in Kushtia. His family lives in Jashore.

SM Ayub Hossain, a resident surgeon of the institute, said 90 per cent of his body has been burnt, His is in a critical condition.

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