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Bihar engineer committed suicide under duress: CBI

A preliminary investigation by the CBI into the mysterious death of Bihar executive engineer Yogendra Pandey has revealed that he committed suicide under duress.

patna Updated: Oct 10, 2009 23:26 IST

A preliminary investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the mysterious death of Bihar executive engineer Yogendra Pandey has revealed that he committed suicide under duress.

CBI has recommended departmental action against the then Sitamarhi district magistrate Bishwanath Singh and Superintendent of Police Kshatranil Singh for their failure to provide security to Pandey, 50.

The report has also recommended legal action against contractor Kishore Singh, whose construction company was blacklisted by Pandey.

Pandey fell to his death from the second floor of the Sitamarhi collectorate building on June 18.

According to the CBI report submitted to the Bihar government on October 6, a combination of factors let to the suicide.

The trigger was an altercation between Pandey and Kishore Singh on June 6. That day, Singh allegedly manhandled the engineer for debarring his firm due to non-performance.

Pandey was also depressed since the administration had failed to provide him with security, in the face of physical assaults and humiliation by the contractor and his henchmen.

Pandey’s condition was compounded by medical problems such as hypertension, piles and diabetes, the CBI report said.

Kshatranil Singh is posted as Superintendent of Police of Patna (rural) at present. Bishwanath Singh is special secretary in the state agriculture department.

However, the CBI gave officials of the Road Construction Department the benefit of doubt.

CBI concluded in its report that the DM and superintendent had “failed to provide necessary security to the deceased, who was being harassed by the contractor of a Sitamarhi-based construction company.”

The CBI based its report on analysis of forensic reports, post-mortem report and evidence collected at the suicide scene.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had sought a CBI probe into the alleged murder of Pandey to defuse the growing crisis, after nearly 20,000 engineers in the state had threatened to go on an indefinite strike in June.