Andhra Pradesh

District officer commits suicide in Anantapur

Deputy Director of Sakshar Bharat Mission T. Eswariah, committed suicide on Monday allegedly by hanging in his office in the early hours. Eswariah, who has been working at Anantapur, after being promoted in December 2013 was known as an honest officer.

At around 10:30 a.m. the staff of the Sakshar Bharat found out that Eswariah had committed suicide. In the two suicide notes, purportedly written by Eswariah, he said that he was taking this extreme step due to the severe mental agony caused to him by the behaviour of the staff at the Sakshar Bharat office.

District Collector Kona Sasidhar along with other district officials went to the spot soon after the news broke. The Collector offered his support to the family of the deceased officer.

Speaking to the media, a wailing Sunita, wife of the deceased, said that her husband had taken the extreme step due to constant pressure put on him by his staff to consent to corruption.

"He had told me this many times and cried. Although he had requested a transfer many a times, he wasn't given", said Ms. Sunita. Meanwhile, the fact that six words have been striken off completely in both the suicide notes at the same places was giving rise to questions.

"The words struck off could have been names. It is highly unlikely that a person would make the same mistake in the same order twice. It remains to be seen what was written there," a police officer investigating the case told The Hindu.

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