Sugar mill worker commits suicide; GM booked



Badaun (UP): An employee of a sugar mill, who had been staging a sit-in to protest non-payment of salary since the past year and a half, allegedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance, police said on Saturday.

Police have registered a case of abetment of suicide against the general manager of the sugar mill K K Srivasatav after Ved Prakash Gupta, in a suicide note, blamed him for his taking the extreme step.

Gupta along with other 29 temporary employees of employees of the kisan sahkari sugar mill, Shekhupura, which had been running in loss since the past several years, had been sitting on dharna for the past 46 days near the Collectorate compound.

Gupta, who had been employed with the mill since the past 20 years, left the dharna for his house in Nai Sarai locality last night and on the way consumed poison, police said adding that he was rushed to district hospital where he later died.

In the suicide note addressed to the district magistrate which was recovered from him, Gupta has blamed Srivasatav for his suicide following which a case has been registered against him under section 306 of the IPC, police said.

Gupta has also stated that he was not able to provide proper medical treatment to his wife and himself and was forced to change residence very often because of his poor financial condition, police said.

PTI