Odisha Man Commits Sucide, After Alleging Corruption

ODISHA

A man is suspected to have committed suicide in Odisha’s Khurda district after alleging that he failed to get a house under the rural housing scheme for being unable to pay a bribe.

The deceased Laxmidhar Behera  before taking the extreme step, went viral on social media.

Behera’s body was recovered near a canal,  after which his family members and relatives claimed that he had committed suicide.

In the video, Behera, a resident of Nirakarpur Patanasahi, alleged that government officials demanded a bribe of Rs 15,000-20,000 from him for sanctioning a pucca house under the rural-housing scheme.

“I had approached everybody, but no one listened to me. The officials asked me to pay something between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. From where I can arrange the money? I work as labourer,” he said in the video.

Behera’s family members said the deceased, who was in his mid-thirties, faced a debt burden of over Rs 1.5 lakh.

Khurda District Collector Nirmal Mishra said the whole episode would be thoroughly investigated in order to ascertain who had demanded the bribe from the man.

He said preliminary inquiry showed that no government official had demanded a bribe from the deceased. “But, a detailed probe will be conducted.”