New Delhi: A newly recruited Village Administrative Officer (VAO), 23-year-old, M Mohan, attempted suicide as he was allegedly pressurised by the Melur tehsildar to demand bribes from villagers according to a report in The Times of India.
The incident was reported on Monday when the victim’s mother visited the collectorate to get a complaint registered against the tehsildar for torturing her son. She filed her petition with the district revenue office in absence of the collector.
Mohan, 23, VAO of Karut Hapuliampatti, who had consumed poison on Thursday last week, is out of danger but still in hospital. Mohan accused tehsildar S Krishnan of torturing him and misusing his power. “He started targeting me in January this year ever since I refused to spend Rs 3,000 to meet the expenses at a freebie distribution function. He has been forcing me to receive bribe from villagers to conduct such programmes,” Mohan told a leading daily.
“I have been threatened with suspension. The tehsildar says that since I have not completed my probationary period, such suspension would be an obstacle in regularisation of my service,” Mohan added.
Mohan is a commerce graduate and had joined the service a year ago.
Tehsildar S Krishnan refuted all allegations against him by saying that M Mohan was not a hard-working employee and “all I wanted from him was to work hard”.
Collector K Veera Ragha Rao has sought an enquiry in this case and demanded a report assuring strict action will be taken based on the report.