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Uttarakhand student leader dead



Gambhir Kathait, a former student leader, who allegedly self-immolated protesting the imprisonment of an activist of the Uttarakhand statehood movement, died at Safdarjang hospital in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

Ironically, Kathait (32) died due to heart attack hours after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee assured a high level BJP delegation that he would withdraw all the six CBI cases that have sparked widespread protests in Uttaranchal.

Kathait had suffered burn injuries on Saturday during a torch light procession demanding the withdrawal of the CBI cases at New Tehri town, an issue that had triggered widespread protests in Uttaranchal.

Uttaranchal Chief Minister N D Tiwari visited the Safdarjung hospital and consoled the family members of Kathait, official sources said. As soon as the news spread in his native Tehri town, all business establishments and shops were immediately closed. A large number of people gathered on the streets of Tehri raising “Gambhir Kathait Zindabad” slogans, a report from Tehri said.

Meanwhile, the BJP general secretary Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank told Deccan Herald that the prime minister has agreed to withdraw all the CBI cases against the activists of the Uttarakhand statehood movement.

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