SRINAGAR: While expressing shock and grief over the reported incident of suicide by a 24-year-old youth from Damhal Hanjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district to invite government attention towards the miseries of his family, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Sunday demanded a time-bound probe and fixing of responsibility into the incident.
A statement issued here read,
“The youth, who was a son of a government school teacher, was reportedly forced to take an extreme step after his father was denied salary for the past two years. Even if reports of his father being a former militant are true, it should have been verified before he entered into service.”
“Media reports say that after verification, he was allowed to join the job as part of the government’s rehabilitation policy for former militants. Why are such people and their families being punished for it now? If somebody has shunned the path of violence 20 years back and returned to the mainstream, he should be allowed to live peacefully.”
“There is a need to hold a proper probe into the incident which led to this teacher’s young son to take such a harsh step. I hope J&K Lieutenant Governor will order a probe into this incident and bring the officers to book whose lackadaisical approach forced the youth to take his life.”
“Such a heartbreaking incident depicts an appalling picture of the families whose salaries have been withheld by the government for no sins of theirs. If there are more such employees whose salaries have been withheld on flimsy grounds, it is imperative upon the government to release it without any further delay.”