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Probe sought into death of dispensary employee

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CPI(M) alleges Cong.-BJP conspiracy

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded a detailed probe into the death of a temporary staff at a government Ayurvedic dispensary in Karthikappally.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, CPI(M) Karthikappally area committee office-bearers alleged Congress-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conspiracy behind the death.

Harassment

The woman, identified as Aruna, 32, allegedly ended her life on Saturday after facing mental harassment at the hands of a few panchayat members in connection with an inspection of medicine stock at the dispensary.

The panchayat members and local body authorities inspected the dispensary following allegations of misappropriation of medicines.

The panchayat team allegedly found medicine bottles filled with water.

The CPI(M) leaders said both the Congress and BJP had tried to oust Aruna from the dispensary.

“She was a member of a family associated with the CPI(M). A day before her death, several cartons were brought to the hospital. She was on leave that day. As planned, some people created a ruckus at the hospital on Saturday morning demanding an inspection to ascertain the medicine stock. Following this, the inspection team arrived and opened the boxes brought to the hospital a day before. They then carried out a public trial and harassed her. It was also broadcast live on social media. Congress and BJP members responsible for her death should be booked immediately,” the CPI(M) leaders said.

Rebuke

The relatives of the woman had earlier alleged that the panchayat authorities rebuked her following the inspection, prompting her to take the extreme step.

Following her death, the Thrikkunnapuzha police have registered a case under Section 174 (police to inquire and report on suicide, etc.) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC).

A note left behind by the deceased was recovered and its authenticity is being examined, said a police officer.

CPI(M) leaders V.K. Sahadevan, M. Surendran, N. Sajeevan and others were present at the press meet.

(Suicide prevention helpline: Disha: 1056, 0471 2552056).

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