During a protest against the All India Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) worker set fire to himself while he was trying to burn an effigy of AIAMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi in Kanpur.
The ABVP workers were protesting against Owaisi’s comment that he will not chant Bharat Mata ki Jai even if a knife was put to his throat. His comment was made days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India.
The RSS, the BJP, and Shiv Sena. also objected to Owaisi’s remark.
The arsonist, who is yet to be identified, was rescued by other workers and admitted to a local hospital with some injuries.