Indian-origin man who set himself on fire near White House dies

Identified as Arnav Gupta, he lit himself on the Ellipse, an area popular with tourists between the White House and the Washington Monument, on Wednesday.

Indian-origin man Arnav Gupta, who set himself on fire near White House dies. (Photo for Representation/ Reuters

An Indian-origin man who set himself on fire near the White House succumbed to his injuries, the United States Park Police said on Thursday.

Identified as Arnav Gupta, he lit himself on the Ellipse, an area popular with tourists between the White House and the Washington Monument, on Wednesday. The fire was extinguished and Arnav Gupta was later transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Earlier on Wednesday, Arnav Gupta was reported missing by Montgomery County Police in Maryland.

The United States Park Police in a press release on Thursday read, “On May 29 at 12:25 pm, officers from the United States Park Police and United States Secret Service responded of an adult male who reportedly lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitutional Avenue.”

The release further read, “The Bethesda MD man identified as Arnav Gupta, died of his injuries later that evening.”

The reason behind Arnav Gupta taking the extreme step remain unknown. The Metropolitan Police is investigating the matter.

This is the second such incident in two months. Earlier, a man in an electric mobility scooter was hospitalised after he lit his jacket on fire outside the White House fence.