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Three arrested over Jr Engineer’s suicide

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Three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of a Junior Engineer

HandcuffedBangalore: Three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of a Junior Engineer who set himself ablaze after being pressured to clear files on substandard civil works worth lakhs of Rupees in Chamarajanagar district.

Based on an initial enquiry, the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department had suspended two persons and action would be taken against another after the probe was completed, RDPR Minister H K Patil said in the state Assembly.

The Minister said Suresh took the extreme step on June 23 after he faced a threat to his life for refusing to clear files of substandard civil works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Patil said Suresh’s father in a complaint had alleged that three persons had pressured Suresh to certify the substandard works.

“Two of them were with the Panchayat and another an Anganwadi worker,” he said.

The Chamarajnagar Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K H Narasimhamurthy had posted Suresh in Kurahatti Hosur village to probe complaints of substandard civil works being carried out by the panchayat, Patil said.

PTI

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