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Accused of molesting granddaughter, ex-Uttarakhand minister shoots self dead

A Roadways Union leader climbed a water tank and shot himself dead in Haldwani city of Uttarakhand after being accused by his daughter-in-law of molesting his granddaughter.

Rajendra Bahuguna, 59, was booked recently under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the complaint of his daughter-in-law, Senior Superintendent of Police, Nainital, Pankaj Bhatt said.

Bahuguna’s son has filed a complaint against his wife for abetting his father’s suicide.

The suicide incident happened in Haldwani’s Bhagat Singh Colony on Wednesday, Mr. Bhatt said.

Bahuguna enjoyed the status of a minister of state for a year from 2004-05 during the chief ministership of N. D. Tiwari.

Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health; telephone: 011-40769002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.

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