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Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi under house arrest

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

Former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi has been put under house arrest on 28 July to prevent him from stepping outside his bungalow to protest the death of Yogesh Sahu.

Sahu, who died on 27 July, had set himself on fire outside Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's residence last week.

"He was admitted with around 85% burn injuries. We tried our best to save him, but could not succeed," Dr Sunil Kalra had said on Wednesday.

To mark the protest, Chhattisgarh Janata Congress chief Jogi had announced a statewide bandh on 28 July in the state.

The state's chamber of commerce initially supported the bandh, but later withdrew their support.

According to the police, if Jogi steps out of his house, the law and order situation will be affected adversely.

In a video, Ajit Jogi can be seen talking about the 'house arrest' and heavy deployment of police outside his residence. Confirming that he will step out, he said the police can arrest him in that case.

According to media reports, no one is allowed to enter or exit the bungalow.

Video : Rajkumar Soni

On 21 July, Yogesh Sahu had come to the meet the Chief Minister during his Jan Darshan Programme. He was allegedly looking for a job and was in dire need of money as he needed to get his sisters married.

Sahu had reportedly submitted his application thrice during the Jandarshan Programme, seeking the CM's help, but did not receive any response.

He was not allowed to enter the CM's house on 21 July as he apparently arrived late. This infuriated Sahu and he set himself ablaze at the gate of the CM's residence. He was rushed to the hospital by security guards present.

- With inputs from Manish Bagh

First published: 28 July 2016, 1:25 IST