A 40-year-old man allegedly set himself afire at a mall in outer Delhi’s Rohini on Friday afternoon when a store refused to replace a “malfunctioned” mobile phone he had gifted to his niece for online classes, police said.

The man, who repairs inverters for a living, suffered 40% burns and is being treated at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, according to the Delhi Police.

PK Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (Rohini), said the man is stable and continues to remain under observation in the hospital.

Mishra said the man had bought the smartphone from a store at a prominent mall in Rohini a month ago and gifted it to his 14-year-old niece who is a class nine student at a government school for her online classes.

“According to the family, the phone started to get heated and malfunctioned. He visited the store on November 6 and demanded the handset be replaced, but the company cited their policy to deny him a replacement,” the DCP said, based on his family’s complaint.

Further correspondence with the company yielded no results and he was again cited the same policy for refusal, the DCP said.

“On Friday, he decided to set himself on fire if his request was turned down,” the deputy commissioner of police
said, quoting the family members.

When his request was again turned down on Friday, Mishra allegedly filled en empty bottle with petrol from his scooter parked outside the mall and then set himself on fire while climbing down the stairs.

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