A youth employed as fitter in Jambai town panchayat in the district was arrested for attempting to self-immolate on the Collectorate premises on Monday.

The Soorampatti police arrested Sadasivan (36). He was remanded in judicial custody later.

The complaint of Sadasivan was that he was made a scape goat by the local body for sale of iron scrap without going through the tender process. He was placed under suspension for the same, he said. However, sources in the town panchyayat said that Sadasivan had to face action while he was on duty.

He was suspended for having collected advances arbitrarily from some residents in the district promising water connection at the earliest.