Alleging harassment by the school principal and two others, a security guard of a government school allegedly committed suicide in Budhlada after jumping in front of a train here on Wednesday.
Tarsem, 50, was employed as a security guard with the government senior secondary school in Bare village in the district.
According to his son Sandeep, his father was facing harassment from school principal Usha Rani and two teachers Sukhwinder Singh and Paramjeet.
A complaint, addressed to the senior superintendent of police (SSP), Mansa, was recovered from the site where he committed suicide, which revealed that the victim was being tortured and humiliated by the school principal. As per the complaint, the victim was asked to do various jobs other than guarding the school premises.
"He was asked to clean the toilets and, at times, he was humiliated by students at the behest of the principal," said one of the relatives. As per close relatives of the victim, he was even asked to attend the school on holidays.
"Once the victim was accused of stealing ceiling fans from the school premises. This irked him a lot and, hence, he took the extreme step," said a relative. The cops have still not been able to get the post-mortem done.
Though the railway police in Budhlada, where the incident took place, has booked the three accused under section 306/34 of the IPC, relatives of the victim, backed by a farmers' union, staged a protest on Thursday demanding arrest of the accused and blocked the Budhlada-Ratia road in the evening.
"We demand that the accused principal and his associates in the crime should be arrested immediately. The cops are not arresting as one of the accused is a relative of a senior police officer," alleged a protester.
When the HT spoke to a police officer in Budhlada, he confirmed that one of the accused is a relative of a DSP posted in Jalandhar. "One of the accused is a relative of a senior police officer, but we are not showing any leniency due to this fact," said the policeman. Meanwhile, the school teachers' association has criticised the police for registering a case against the principal and demanded a fair probe.