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‘Humiliated’ by panchayat, man ends life

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Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, September 5

In an incident that reeks of kangaroo court proceedings, an elderly man committed suicide due to humiliation after he was forced to take off his turban and place it at the feet of a village panch.

The police have booked six persons, including the village sarpanch, for abetting suicide of a 52-year-old man Shyam Singh in Shatabgarh village near here today. The deceased, in a suicide note found in his pocket, stated that he was ending his life by hanging to death after facing humiliation by the village panchayat. On the basis of the statement of the deceased's son Virender Singh, police have booked sarpanch Usha Devi, her husband Baljit Singh, former sarpanch Jai Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Jagpal Singh.

Inspector Gurwant Singh said, "The deceased's son said that a false case was foisted on his father for obstructing the construction work of streets in the village.

Shyam Singh claimed it to be his property while the accused claimed that it was village land." A village panchayat was called where the deceased was asked to apologise by placing his turban at former sarpanch Jai Singh's feet. Feeling humiliated, my father committed suicide," said Virender Singh.

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