Pharmacists from across the state staged a protest here on Saturday against the state government, holding it responsible for the suicide by a pharmacist at his dispensary on Friday.
Jaswinder Singh of Nahianwala village in Bathinda, who was posted as veterinary pharmacist at the dispensary at Singo village, hanged himself from a ceiling fan in his office. He left behind a suicide note holding the state government responsible for the suicide. Jaswinder also wrote in the note that he opted for death instead of earning Rs 7,000 per month.
Demanding regularisation of services, the pharmacists across the state have been protesting in front of the district complexes since June 1.
On Saturday, pharmacists from across the state gathered in front of the district complex here and raised slogans against the state government, but the police prevented them from blocking the road.
The protesters were convinced to hold a meeting with the deputy commissioner, who pacified the protesters with a promise to arrange a meeting of the leaders of veterinary pharmacists with the chief minister.
Bathinda veterinary pharmacists' district president Amardeep Singh said, "We have demanded that the government provide a job to a member of the victim's family and free education to his children besides the compensation. Besides, our demand for regularisation should also be met. Jaswinder committed suicide as he was fed up with the policies of the state government."
He said they would end their protest only after their demands were met.