Saturday, 25 October 2014
Handicapped man tries to kill self - Barreilly - U.P
A 45-year-old physically handicapped man tried to set himself ablaze during Tehsil Diwas on Tuesday. He claimed that his complaints were being ignored for the past 14 years and that is what caused him to take this step.
Ram Prakash, a resident of Tisua village under Fatehganj East, drenched himself in kerosene and was about to set himself ablaze when cops on duty arrested him on charges of breaching peace and sent him to judicial custody.
Prakash alleges that some people tricked his father, who was illiterate, into giving 25 bigha of his land to them. After his father's death in 1997, when Prakash went to the tehsil to get the land transferred in his name, he found that it was already owned by some of his family members. He claims that he has been pursuing the matter with the tehsil office since then.
He alleged that (chak bandi) he threatened former SDM Fareedpur Umesh Mangla of committingsuicide on which he ordered enquiry of the same. However as enquiry team didn't reach spot, accused in fist of anger returned to the tehsil and tried to set himself on fire.
SDM Fareedpur, Prashant Verma, accepted that the victim used to visit tehsil office on regular basis but said that he never disclosed his problems to anyone. He said, "He couldn't come up with anything in spite of officials asking him about his problems. However after learning about his land disputes we tried to convince him about the judicial procedure under the UP lands revenue act which has to be followed. An enquiry was set up but he still opted to commit suicide."
He was taken into custody by police for breaching peace and later sent to judicial custody.
Source : TOI , 22nd Oct 2014