Karnataka contractor dies by suicide over non-payment of bills by KRIDL

In the suicide note, the victim alleged that his family members caused him mental stress over the matter of ancestral property.

ByPTI

Published Jun 01, 2024 | 4:52 PMUpdatedJun 01, 2024 | 4:54 PM

Suicide

A 48-year-old contractor died by suicide allegedly due to non-clearance of his bills for the work he executed for a state government body, police said on Saturday.

PS Goudar took the extreme step on 27 May and left behind a suicide note in which he held his family members, including his brothers, and the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) responsible for his death.

In the suicide note, the victim alleged that his family members caused him mental stress over the matter of ancestral property.

Besides, the non-clearance of bills for the works he completed on the premises of the Agriculture department at Santebennur in Channagiri taluk, which was assigned to him by KRIDL last year also led to financial stress. Both the issues allegedly drove him to take the extreme step, he stated.

However, police verification revealed that Goudar was not a licensed contractor.

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Investigation underway

Based on the suicide note and complaint from his wife, a case was registered under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code against five people, including his family members and KRIDL.

“We are looking into the allegations made by him and are verifying facts. Our investigation is underway,” a police official said.

Meanwhile, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Priyank Kharge said he has ordered the constitution of a committee of senior officers to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on these allegations against the corporation.

“I have instructed the ACS (Additional Chief Secretary), RDPR (Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department) to form a committee of senior officers to enquire and submit a report on these allegations on KRIDL,” he has said in a post on ‘X’.

He further added that KRIDL is an engineering corporation and sub-contracting isn’t encouraged.

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