A youth attempted suicide in the Sobhanbagh area of Dhaka on Saturday, by setting himself on fire with kerosene in front of his lover.
The 25-year-old Shumon Kumar Pal, a Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) graduate from Daffodil International University, committed the act in front of the Dhaka Dental College Hostel at Dhanmondi around 6pm. He was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s Burn and Plastic Surgery unit in critical condition at 7pm.
Kamrul, who rushed the burn victim to DMCH, said that Shumon was in a relationship with a female student in his own department and they were having relationship issues.
He added that Shumon had asked the female student to meet him in front of the Sobhanbagh Dental College. At one point when they were speaking, Shumon doused himself with the kerosene and set himself alight.
DMCH police outpost Sub-Inspector Md Bacchu Mia confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
Fahmida Akhter, duty doctor at the DMCH burn unit, said that Shumon suffered burns on 35% of his body.