Worker’s suicide note blames zila parishad CEO

Animesh Jain, Barwani: Hours after jan shikshak Prakash Chouhan committed suicide by consuming poison on

Thursday, police recovered a suicide note with Chouhan’s seal, holding zila panchayat CEO B Kartikeyan responsible for his step.
Town inspector of Rajpur police station Suresh Mahale said, “The victim’s brother Subhash handed over a suicide note duly signed on his seal which clearly mentions that Prakash is taking the step due to threat of termination given by ZP CEO B Kartikeyan (IAS) in a review meeting on September 21. Chouhan wrote that he has no grievances against the block education officer and the block resource convener.”
Mahale said a handwriting expert will examine the suicide note and check call details of Prakash’s mobile. “His mobile phone has been missing since his suicide,” added Mahale.
Members of various government employee unions have also protested against Prakash’s death and sought proper action against the accused officer. Teachers of Rajpur block have submitted their resignation letters through a memorandum to district project convener of Zila Shiksha Kendra, Barwani. The government teachers on Friday submitted a memorandum to Rajpur sub-divisional magistrate BF Kanesh and took out a rally to the police station demanding that a case be registered against Kartikeyan.
Kartikeyan denied the allegation and said he is not aware of Prakash’s suicide as he is in Delhi.
Collector Tejaswi Naik said there were complaints alleging that mid-day meals were not being distributed at a school of village Morani since it opened on June 16. Chouhan didn’t submit his report regarding the matter and the mid-day meal scheme was snatched from the self-help group in charge and has been handed over to the village panchayat to run the scheme since August.
Since his written reply and report was pending, Kartikeyan inquired Chouhan during the meeting in September to which he replied that a few goons linked to the self-help group is blocking operation of the scheme.
“Thereafter, Kartikeyan directed a departmental inquiry against Chouhan but no notice was served till September 29. Police inquiry will reveal the truth,” Naik added.