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Relatives and friends of Gangadharaiah staging a protest outside the Government Hospital in Ramanagaram on Friday.
Relatives and friends of Gangadharaiah staging a protest outside the Government Hospital in Ramanagaram on Friday.

A 75-year-old farmer died after jumping from the first floor of the Mini Vidhana Soudha in Ramanagaram on Friday, allegedly because of harassment by some officials.

The victim has been identified as Gangadharaiah alias Gangaiah, a resident of Jalamangala village, 20 km from Ramanagaram

Superintendent of Police, Ramanagaram district, Anupam Agarwal said the farmer had come to the Mini Vidhana Soudha to get a khata certificate and other documents pertaining to a piece of land at Jalamangala.

According to an eyewitness, Gangadharaiah was upset with the officials for making him run around to get the documents. “He was shouting in the corridor of the first floor,” an employee at the Mini Vidhana Soudha, who requested anonymity, told The Hindu .

Second time

Gangadharaiah sustained multiple fractures and was rushed to the Government Hospital in Ramanagaram.

The victim had been visiting the Mini Vidhana Soudha for documents for the past two years.

Last year too he attempted suicide by slashing his wrist, one of his relatives told presspersons at the hospital.

The officials concerned had been refusing to provide the documents, giving silly reasons, he alleged.

Chandru, another relative, requested the police to conduct an investigation.

As soon as the news of Gangadharaiah’s death spread, a large number of farmers from Jalamangala assembled at the Government Hospital in Ramanagaram, leading to a tense situation.

The police said that they have received an “unnatural death” complaint stating that Mr. Gangadharaiah committed suicide.

The investigation has just begun, a senior police officer told The Hindu .

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