Cong demands high level probe into suicide of farmer

Cong demands high level probe into suicide of farmer

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Kozhikode:  The Congress today demanded a high level probe into the alleged suicide of a farmer in Chempanoda village office near Perambra in this district of Kerala two days ago reportedly due to refusal by officials to accept his land tax. District Congress Committee President T Siddique said mere suspension of two officials would not suffice but a comprehensive and serious probe would be necessary to find out the reasons leading to suicide by Chempanoda Kavil Purayidathil Joy (56). Joy, who wanted to dispose off the property to meet expenses involved in the marriage of his daughter after paying the tax, was found hanging in the village office building two days ago. Stating this was not a single incident, Siddique said many cases of refusal of land tax of farmers by officials were reported from other villages too. Despite the fact that the land owned by Joy was his ancestral property, the officials had failed to complete formalities and accept the land tax prompting him to take the extreme step, he said. Meanwhile, the district administration has deputed a deputy collector to probe the incident. Collector U V Jose, who had conducted a preliminary inquiry into the circumstances leading to the suicide, had pointed out ''failure'' of revenue officials in handling the case. Holding the village officer Sunny and his assistant Saleesh equally responsible, the Collector in his preliminary report said both them had delayed the case. Both the officials were suspended from service pending inquiry by the administration yesterday. 

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