It took a suicide and a human rights commission notice to the local police accounts wing to pay up the withheld salary of late Birendra Kumar — and that too within 24 hours of his death.
The salary came too late to be of any solace to his family, now left headless, after he committed suicide last Saturday.
The victim, an assistant sub-inspector of police who was posted at K Haat police station, committed suicide by shooting himself on Saturday evening after he got tired of frequenting the accounts section for release of his pending salary for the last two years.
Accounts clerks had demanded Rs 40,000 to clear his dues even as he had to pull his son out of school for failing to meet school fees or feed his family.
His salary was released on Tuesday following protests by the Bihar policemen’s association, strident censure from officials in the police headquarters and a notice to the district administration on the circumstances leading to the suicide from the Bihar human rights commission.
Though the local administration has assured an inquiry into the sordid affair and a job to one of his surviving sons, the administration is yet to file a case against the clerks who had held Kumar’s salary and had demanding bribes.
“The accounts sections of the police take us to be dishonest and hence always demand bribes,” said an ASI, who added, “Had there been a technical issue involved in clearing the pending salary, it could not have been so speedily cleared now”.
“My husband was facing financial crunch as he was not paid salary for months and he was frustrated over the fact the he was not able to deposit fees for our son studying in IIT Roorkee… It forced him to end his life,” said Kumar’s widow Chanda Devi.
The head clerk, Sakaldeep Singh, has been suspended after a preliminary inquiry.