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Officer on radar for suicide threat

Chhapra, Oct. 10: The Saran district administration has engaged senior police and civil officers to keep tabs on the Ekma block development officer, Rekha Kumari, following her alleged threat to commit suicide.

District magistrate (DM) Vinay Kumar has asked superintendent of police Sujit Kumar, deputy development commissioner Raman Kumar and sub-divisional magistrate Vinay Pandey to monitor Rekha’s activities. Vinay has directed senior deputy coll-ector Vinoda Nand Jha to slap a show cause notice on her.

“A threat to commit suicide or stage a dharna by a public servant before any constitutional panel is an offence,” the DM said today.

State information commissioner Farzand Ahmad had ordered the district administration to take action against the BDO for allegedly threatening to commit suicide outside the panel’s office.

Rekha allegedly threatened to stage a dharna and commit suicide last week if a penalty of Rs 25,000 slapped on her was not withdrawn. Ahmad had slapped the penalty on Rekha for being absent from hearings and not furnishing information sought by a petitioner. The DM also recommended suspension of 20 child development project officers and an executive engineer of the public health and engineering department for not allegedly attending a meeting on health.