Former sarpanch commits suicide in Hisar village
Hisar: In yet another case of suicide in Hisar district, a 42-year-old former sarpanch ended his life on Friday morning by hanging himself at his residence in Haisi village after he was allegedly harassed by some village people for money.punjab Updated: Apr 10, 2015 22:16 IST
The deceased is survived by three children, two sons, and a daughter.
According to his relatives, Ajit Singh, who was elected as village sarpanch in 2010, was under a lot of stress as some people were continuously blackmailing him to pay them a hefty amount of money to settle a court case.
"No sooner did he become the sarpanch, some villagers framed him in case pertaining to irregularities in MGNREGS. However, in one of the cases, after a thorough probe conducted by the district deputy commissioner (DC), Ajit was exonerated from all the charges.
The DC even directed the authorities to reinstate Ajit a sarpanch. However, some people never allowed that thing to happen," the deceased's father-in-law, Nihal Singh, said.
Singh alleged that some of the witnesses in the court case were pressing him to pay them a big amount of money to get him acquitted from all the charges.
"They knew that he was a big landlord. Therefore, they were demanding hefty amount to settle the matter," he said.
Nihal Singh alleged that some of the witnesses in the case continuously kept "blackmailing" him that they will go against him if money is not paid to them.
"In his suicide note, Ajit has mentioned the names of people who were continuously blackmailing him and forced him to take this step. He even has written that he does not feel that his family was safe with them being around, "he said.
Police said a case under section 420 of IPC was registered against Ajit, which was pending in court. He had also spent two-and-a-half months in jail in this connection and was on parole, they added.
Police have registered a case of suicide and started investigations.
A 55-year-old farmer had allegedly committed suicide on Thursday morning by hanging himself from a tree on the outskirts of Singhran village in the district, following loss of crops due to recent rains.