Issue Date: Jan 31, 2001
the Delhi government's drive to shut down polluting factories took another tragic turn on January 6, 2001 when a 35-year-old man killed himself when officials came to seal his factory. Pawan Kumar's death brought angry and frustrated factory owners and workers out on the streets, forcing officials to stop the sealing process immediately. Pawan Kumar used his pistol to shoot himself in the head. "The only reason why Pawan shot himself was because of the sealing operations," said Anil Vashisht, a resident of Shahdara.