Alleging harassment by officials, farmer commits suicide

A farmer allegedly committed suicide outside a village office in Kerala’s Kozhikode district on Wednesday night.

Joy, 57, of Chakkittapara village was found hanging around 9.30 pm. Alleged harassment by staff in the village office is said to have led to the suicide.

According to reports, Joy was turned away by the staff of the Chembanod village office when he went there to pay land tax. His family also alleged that the village officials repeatedly rejected his attempts to pay tax on land registered in his wife’s name and also asked for a bribe.

Joy is survived by his wife and three children.

Village Officer Sunny and Village Assistant Sireesh have been suspended over the incident.

(Agencies)

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