Manpreet Singh Ayali, Shiromani Akali Dal legislator from Dakha and party's Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana, is in a controversy after the mention of "Dakha MLA" among the accused in what's alleged to be the "suicide note" of a government school principal.
The scooter of Ranjit Singh (59), principal of the government school at Latala village in this district, was found abandoned near a canal bridge at Malaud on Sunday and the note was in a diary inside its boot. Since they are yet to trace his body, police are not sure if he jumped into the canal.
The note also blames the school's woman clerk, Parminder Kaur; her husband, Happy Sattu; Kalakh government school principal Gurmail Singh; and three more people: Pawan Kumar, Gurmukh, and Harjinder Singh. Ayali says he's not the MLA mentioned in the note.
At Malaud in Khanna police district, the case is registered only against the clerk, her husband, and principal Gurmail Singh. "Lodged under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intent in crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the case is based on the complaint of Paramvir Singh, victim's son," said sub-inspector Jaswant Singh, investigating officer at Malaud.
The police are likely to include more names in the "suicide investigation" after they recover the body. "No one has seen the principal jump into the canal and there's even no sign of the body, so we aren't sure about the suicide," said the sub-inspector.
The principal's son, Paramvir Singh, said the people named in the note had been torturing his father mentally to adjust one of their favourites on his post. "My father had been receiving threatening calls from many influential people, including the Dakha MLA," he alleged.
"He left for his duty at the school as usual on Saturday but didn't return home. We found his scooter near the canal bridge, and after reading the suicide note, approached the police," said Paramvir Singh. "The note is addressed to the senior superintendent of police," he added.
Man was indecent,says accused clerk
Accused Parminder Kaur said the principal had tried to act indecently with her many times. "On Saturday evening, he handed me Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,000 in separate envelopes, saying it was a gift to help me buy gold. When I declined to accept it, he said he loved me and asked me to sit with him on the sofa. After I complained to the school management committee, district education officer, and Chappar police, he called me up, saying he would kill himself and leave my husband's name in the suicide note," said the school clerk.
Latala, where it happened, is native village of Jassi Khangura, former Congress MLA from Dakha whom Ayali defeated in the 2012 assembly elections, during which their supporters had clashed more than once and the two leaders had complained against each other to the election commission.
Not me, says LS candidate Ayali
Reacting to his name in the suicide note, Akali Lok Sabha candidate Ayali said he did not even know the victim. "I got to know about the incident today (on Sunday). Moreover, the suicide note does not include my name. It mentions only 'Dakha MLA', which could be even former Congress MLA Malkit Singh Dakha" said Ayali.