K Mohanan, a native of Kozhikode in Kerala, poured kerosene on his body and set himself afire outside Gate No 4 of Parliament House near Vijay Chowk. He was admitted to the Lohia Hospital with 98 percent .
Most of the media houses (NDTV, Hindustan Times, Indian Express) report the cause of his drastic action as
"He was disturbed at the death of Sandeep. He wanted to feel the pain Sandeep might have suffered when he was shot at by the terrorists,"Hindustan Times in their report 26/11 hero’s uncle sets himself afire report
told doctors at the Capital’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital that he wanted to “feel the pain that his nephew must have felt”.NDTV in their report 26/11 hero's uncle sets himself on fire, dies says
Mohanan had told doctors that he was unhappy at the way the victims of the Mumbai attacks were treated by the government. "He was disturbed at the death of Sandeep. He wanted to feel the pain Sandeep might have suffered when he as shot at by the terrorists," the official said.Indian Express in their report Self immolation: 26/11 martyr Maj Unnikrishnan's uncle dead says
Mohanan had told doctors that he was unhappy at the way the victims of the Mumbai attacks were treated by the government. "He was disturbed at the death of Sandeep. He wanted to feel the pain Sandeep might have suffered when he was shot at by the terrorists," the official saidIBN in their report Unnikrishnan's uncle dies after immolation bid goes even further and reported the cause of his drastic action as unknown
Although it was not clear why he took the drastic step, some reports say he was disturbed over his nephew's death. He was apparently also upset with the government's apathy in treating 26/11 victims.The impression we get from all the media reports is Mr. Mohanan took the drastic action to “feel the pain Sandeep might have suffered when he was shot at by the terrorists” and “upset with the government's apathy in treating 26/11 victims”. Note the operational word is victims of 2611 not perpetuators of 2611!
Media Watch fails to understand how a person who suffered 98% burn would be able to narrate reasons for his drastic action! It is plain that there is much more than what media was reporting. Media Watch after much search stumbled upon following information which sheds new light on the incident
A diary was recovered from Mohanan's belongings which revealed why Mohanan resorted to this extreme step. The diary read,
“the administrators and representatives of the political parties could not do anything for the victims of the 26/11 attack. It was actually a war against two nations. Wasn’t the decision that was taken by the government on the Kandahar incident a reason for the Mumbai attack?... Anyone can come to India and do anything in India... Indian democracy is a curse for India itself... the enemies are utilizing this... why is the government delaying the introduction of a bill in Parliament against terrorism?.... Democracy should be for the well-being of the nation, and it should not make way for terrorism... Sandu mon (Sandeep Unnikrishnan) you are forgotten every passing day... but I will never forget you.”Now we know why Govt was overzealous to suppress this information!
It is more shocking to know that Media knew that K. Mohanan was going to commit self immolation, they instead of trying to stop or save him, preferred to record the incident ! According to police
K Mohanan informed a few mediapersons, who parked their OB vans outside Parliament House, before taking the extreme step. Some of them recorded the incident on their cameras without anyone trying to save his life.Yes you heard it right! A screen shot of one of alleged videos is below. Media Watch is SHOCKED
Media Watch contacted IBN for clarification on this issue. IBN replied that "by the time journos reached, he had already immolated."