A 36-year-old man along with his wife and two children attempted suicide in front of the main gate of the Secretariat on Monday reportedly frustrated over official apathy.

On Monday morning, when the House was in session, he doused himself and his family members with kerosene and attempted to set everyone on fire. According to the police, Jayakumar, 36, of Otteri Nammalvarpet, was living in a hut encroaching a waterbody. The authorities demolished the tenements and allotted houses for the residents in Perumbakkam after enumeration. While the other residents were allotted houses, he was left in the lurch.

All his efforts to get his name included in the list of beneficiaries went in vain. Frustrated over the apathy of officials, he decided to immolate himself.

The alert police personnel prevented them from setting themselves afire.

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