Hyderabad

Denied payment for work done, contractor ends life

File photo of contractor Narasimha Reddy

File photo of contractor Narasimha Reddy   | Photo Credit: MohdArif

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Wife lodges complaint with police

A sub-contractor — Kodimala Narasimha Reddy — working on Ranganayak Sagar reportedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide near the camp office of the project late on Friday night.

However, the incident came to light on Saturday morning.

A suicide note also found at the place, purportedly written by Narasimha Reddy, said he had started his work on the project after getting a work order from one Shekhar.

“I took up the work with the assurance of one Chepyala Narasimha and had invested about ₹ 24 lakh, including ₹ 10 lakh borrowed from others. When I asked for payment, Narasimha said that he was in no way connected with the work and Shekhar has been dragging his feet without paying and I received only ₹ 1 lakh. (When I pressed) Shekhar and his son Lavan issued a cheque for ₹ 19,27,602 dated February 19, 2018 which bounced. Those who had worked for me started pressuring me for payment and I am unable to bear it, hence I am committing suicide. Please see that the payments are cleared for all those who worked for me,” Mr. Narsimha Reddy is reported to have said in the suicide note.

Case registered

In a related development, Kodimala Madhavi, wife of Narasimha Reddy, lodged a complaint with the Chinnakodur police alleging that her husband committed suicide unable to bear the harassment by Shekar and Lavan Kumar.

She alleged that both of them tore up the bounced cheque and not only declared that they would not to pay the money but also threatened to kill him.

Ms. Madhavi said that there were two witnesses — Talla Srinivas Reddy and Talla Srikanth Reddy — for the incident. She urged the police to investigate and do justice.

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