Officials suspended after farmer’s son commits suicide


Bhopal : A farmer’s son has killed himself in the campus of the divisional commissioner’s office here, leading to the suspension of two officials and a ministerial inquiry into the case.

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Babloo Singh, 22, committed suicide at the tehsil (subdivision) office in the campus of divisional commissioner’s office here Thursday as he was frustrated over the inordinate delay in the transfer of land title to his father’s name.

“Babloo was immediately rushed to a private hospital from where he was referred to the government’s Hamidia Hospital where doctors declared him dead. In a suicide note recovered, he has accused the Patwari (land records official) Madan Sahu of harassing him and his father and not transferring the title of the land despite taking a bribe of Rs.10,000,” a police officer said.

He said a case was registered by the police after Babloo’s family and friends staged a protest.

Additional Superintendent of Police A.K. Pandey said Babloo had accused a Patwari of harassment in the suicide note.

Later, on the direction of Minister of State for Revenue Karan Singh Verma, Huzur Tehsildar (sub-divisional officer) L.K. Khare and Sahu were suspended Thursday.

The case pertains to the transfer 10.79 acres which was sold by Shankar Singh May 6, 1964 to Hari Singh (Babloo’s father), Vishnu Kumar and Sarla Devi.

Later Vishnu Kumar and Sarla Devi sold their portion of the plot to Hari Singh who moved an application Aug 12, 2005, to remove the names of the other two people and transfer the land title to his name. Since then, both Babloo and Hari Singh have been running around to get the title transferred.

Police said that as per rules, the transfer process should have been completed within 15 days, and within six months even in case of a dispute.