Youth who burnt himself over 'Fanaa' dies

Jun 20, 2006 IANS

Ahmedabad, June 20 (IANS) Gujarat youth Pravin Joshi, who attempted self-immolation to protest against the screening of Aamir Khan starrer "Fanaa" in a Jamnagar cinema, Tuesday succumbed to his injuries, authorities said.

Joshi, 30, died around 12.30 p.m. at the G.G. Hospital in the Saurashtra town of Jamnagar, about 400 km from here. He belonged to Rajkot.

Joshi had sprinkled petrol on himself and lit a match June 11 in the men's restroom in the Amber cinema of Jamnagar - the only cinema hall in Gujarat that screened the film.

The movie has faced a ban in the state after Aamir demanded the rehabilitation of those displaced due to the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada in central Gujarat.

Some people in Jamnagar and Rajkot saw Joshi's action as "sacrifice" for a "good cause" and collected Rs.100,000 for him.

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