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Tamil Nadu man, 26, dies by suicide after accusing officials of demanding bribe for release of govt funds

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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CHENNAI: A 26-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after recording a video message in which he slams a government official (Block Development) for releasing the funds of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) at Nannilam in Tiruvarur district. Alleging bribery. The person has been identified as Manikandan. He did not want to bribe the BDO, in which he kills himself in agony.

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According to a report, the deceased man identified as Manikandan reportedly borrowed money from his friends for buying materials to construct his home and was expecting funds from PMAY to settle the debt. However, he started getting stressed after the officers demanded bribe and delayed the funds.

In this backdrop, on May 10, Manikandan reportedly called his friend in Dubai and explained to him the chain of events. Later, he attempted suicide after recording his death statement as a video. Based on the information, the family members immediately rushed to their farm but were shocked to find Manikandan lying unconscious. The family took him to the hospital but the doctors declared him dead.

Following this, Lenin, father of Manikandan, gave a police complaint on Thursday and said that his wife Latha was chosen as the beneficiary of PMAY scheme.

Initially, the family received the funds in two installments. Lenin said, the officers, in order to release the first two installments of the funds, received a bribe of Rs 18,000 and they demanded another Rs 5,000 for releasing the third installment.

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Disappointed by this, Manikandan took the extreme step, said Lenin.

Lenin also demanded the police to take action against the officers who were responsible for abetting the suicide of Manikandan.

Based on the complaint, Peralam police registered a complaint under Section 206 (abetment of suicide) under the Indian Penal Code.

Tiruvarur Collector P Gayathri Krishnan also issued an order suspending the overseer and initiated a department action against him.

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