Vyapam protestor sets himself on fire before MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s convoy


Controversy continued to dog outgoing Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav even as he demitted office on Wednesday when a man identified as a local NCP leader and RTI activist, Manoj Tripathi, set himself ablaze outside the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday as the Governor's convoy was on its way out to the airport.

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The flames engulfing the man were put out by cops on duty at the gate. Tripathi raised slogans demanding that the Governor be booked and arrested for his role in the forest guard recruitment scam, one of the many scams linked to the Vyapam scam. Today around 4:45 pm when Governor Ram Naresh Yadav had been accorded the guard of honour at the Raj Bhavan and was on his way to the airport, Manoj Tripathi set himself ablaze in front of the Governor's convoy. 

After the fire was doused, Tripathi was arrested and booked. Tripathi sustained 20 per cent burns, doctors who attended to him said. Ram Naresh Yadav had been admitted at a private hospital for the last many days. On Wednesday morning, he returned to the Raj Bhavan only to witness the last guard of honour before he left Bhopal for his house in Lucknow. 

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his wife Sadhna Singh, Chief Secretary, DGP and other officials were at the airport to see off the outgoing Governor. The Governor flew off in an air ambulance. The Governor's term in Madhya Pradesh had been controversial.

The STF probing the Vyapam scam had registered an FIR against Yadav in connection with the forest guard recruitment scam. The FIR was later quashed by the High Court on grounds that a serving Governor cannot be booked. The HC had observed that the Governor can be probed after he demits office. The Governor's OSD Dhanraj Yadav was also booked and jailed in connection with the Vyapam scam.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Governor OP Kohli who will hold charge as Governor of Madhya Pradesh arrived in Bhopal from Gandhi Nagar on Wednesday evening. He was received at the airport by the CM and officials. OP Kohli will be administered the oath of office by acting Chief Justice Rajendra Menon on Thursday.