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Panel probes suicide

Dhanbad, March 23: A 12-member delegation of the Jharkhand unit of International Human Rights Association, which came to the district today in connection with the probe into the suicide of Mohammed Shamim, accused the local administration of taking the side of the electricity board officials and police.

The team, led by the association’s chairman, Sanjay Kumar Sinha, visited Shamim’s house in Topchanchi and met his family members. The delegation asked Shamim’s kin to lodge cases against the officials of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) for abetting Shamim to suicide.

Having lost a power pilfering case and asked to cough up electricity dues running up to Rs 95,000 within a week, 50-year-old Shamim immolated himself near the district collectorate at Randhir Verma Chowk on Sunday.

“The electricity department and policemen had tormented Shamim to cough up the amount. They drove him to suicide and instead of taking any action, the local administration is shielding them,” state general secretary of the association Bhism Singh said.

“We will hold a meeting with the district administration officials, including the DC and SP, and submit a report to our national chairman, National Human Rights Commission, the Supreme Court and also Jharkhand High Court,” Singh said. He added that they would also meet the officials against whom Shamim’s family has levelled charges of torture.

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