4 May 2014

Politician dies of burns

12:09 pm on 4 May 2014

A politician in India has died of burns five days after being set on fire during a TV election debate.

Bystanders attempt to douse the blaze.

Bystanders attempt to douse the blaze. Photo: AFP

Kamruzzama Fauji, the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh state, was taking part in the recorded debate when a member of the audience doused himself in petrol, set himself alight and lunged at Mr Fauji.

Mr Fauji sustained 75 percent burns to his body and died on Friday.

The BBC reports his assailant died shortly after the incident. It is not clear what his motive was.

The incident occurred on Monday in a park in Sultanpur, a town about 160km from the city of Lucknow.