An elderly farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance following a land dispute at Kokri Kalan village under the Dharamkot subdivision, 23 km from the district headquarters, on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Khem Singh, 80, of Kakri Kalan village. The police have booked 13 persons, including a block samiti member and four panchayat members in this connection. No arrest has been made so far.
Victim’s son Jagtar Singh alleged that police had filed several cases against his father on false complaints by some villagers.
“Our agricultural land was also divided into two parts illegally following which my father was upset for the past few day and took the extreme step,” said Jagtar.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI), Ajitwal police station, Des Raj said a case had been registered against block samiti member Jagmohan Singh, panchayat members Jagtar Singh, Ajaypal Singh, Harjit Kaur and Kulwant Kaur, former panchayat member Ranjit Singh, Jaswant Singh, Raghbir Singh, Aalmjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Ujagar Singh at the Ajitwal police station.
The body has been sent to the civil hospital for a post-mortem, the ASI said.