Lucknow: An employee of the Uttar Pradesh electricity department committed himself, purportedly after a senior official told him that if he wanted a transfer, he could “send his wife for a night.”
Gokul Prasad, 45, was enraged and humiliated when he poured diesel on himself outside the junior engineer’s office in Lakhimpur and set himself on fire. He was brought to the hospital, where he died on Sunday while undergoing treatment.
Nagendra Kumar, a junior engineer, and a clerk have been suspended, and a police report has been filed.
Gokul Prasad is shown in excruciating pain in a video filmed after he set himself on fire, narrating what motivated him to take such drastic measures. He claims that the junior engineer and his aide harassed him, and that he went to the police for help but received none.
His wife claims in another video that the accused has been abusing Gokul for three years. “He went into depression, started taking medication, but they did not spare him. He was transferred to Aliganj and was facing difficulty in travelling. So he asked for a transfer closer home. They told him, ‘get your wife to sleep with us and we will get you transferred’,” she said.
She added that no one came forward to help him. “The junior engineer stood there and watched,” she said.
Senior police officer Sanjiv Suman said, “The lineman had alleged that the junior engineer used to demand money and made vulgar statements when he sought a transfer. We have registered a case. At the department level, the junior engineer has been suspended and an inquiry ordered. The case has been registered under the abetment to suicide charge.”