Delhi

‘Stressed’ civicofficial kills self

: An employee of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his office in south Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar on Friday.

The deceased, identified as Assistant Sanitary Inspector Harpal Singh (58), had purportedly attempted to save himself after taking the poison by rushing to a hospital in Chanakyapuri. He, however, died during treatment.

The police said the incident was reported to them by the hospital authorities around 7 p.m. As per his autopsy report, he died due to a cardiac arrest.

Singh allegedly left behind a suicide note, in which he blamed problems at his workplace for ending his life.

Message to colleagues

Hum log yahan naukri karne aaye hain kisi ki bhi himmat hai ki humko naukri se hata de to fir hum kyon kisi se darte hain ya gulami karte hain? Main aap ko ye keh kar jaa raha hoon anyay ke aage kabhi mat jhuko” (We have come here to work, nobody can take our jobs. Then why we are afraid of anybody or why should we act like their slaves? I am leaving this world by asking you to never give up to injustice) Singh wrote in the note addressed to his colleagues.

The police are trying to ascertain the veracity of the suicide note.

His family members, however, said he was indeed being harassed by NDMC officials and forced to put in long hours at work every day.

“He was forced to work for 18-20 hours every day. His supervising officers used to ask him to engage sanitary workers and even forced him to clean railway tracks and areas that did not fall under his jurisdiction. My uncle was depressed because of all this,” said Singh’s nephew Sachin.

Family wants justice

He added that the family was hoping that the NDMC officials responsible for the harassment would be brought to book.

Reached for comments, NDMC spokesperson, M.S. Sehrawat, said, “The police are investigating the case and the NDMC will act accordingly if need be.”

The sole breadwinner of his family, Singh is survived by his wife, Usha, and five children.

He was posted in the NDMC’s health department, and is reported to have been deputed at the helm of a local programme in line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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