03 March 2009
A Tamil man set himself on fire outside Britain's Parliament was taken to a hospital with superficial burns, according to British authorities said.
British Police said the man was on fire "for a short time" in Parliament Square in the heart of London on Friday February 27, without saying specifically that the man attempted self-immolation.
A police spokesman said the man's burns were superficial and "certainly not critical."
There was no immediate word on who the man was or why he would set himself on fire. But it follows an attempt at self-immolation by another outside the residence of the British prime Minister on February 14. The man was arrested before he could set himself ablaze.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths in Tamil Nadu from self immolation over the Eelam Tamils issue hit 8 with the death of DMDK supporter Seenivasan from Vellor.
Seenivasan who set himself on fire, on February 26, protesting Indian government’s support for the Sri Lankan state was admitted to hospital and succumbed to his injuries on March 2.