A revenue inspector attached with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday evening at his home located in Srinagar, Bengaluru.
The family members of 40-year-old HC Srinivas alleged that Srinivas had left behind a suicide note, which implicated a corporator. They claimed that frequent transfers and harassment by the alleged corporator drove him to end his life.
However, on investigation, the Hanumantha Nagar Police said that there was no suicide note. The Hanumantha Nagar Inspector said that they suspect the frequent transfers to be the cause and the actual motive remains uncertain.
â€śSrinivas was transferred to KG Nagar on November 14, 2016, although he had not completed his three-year term in his earlier posting. He was transferred to RR Nagar within a month,â€ť the Inspector added.
â€śHe (Srinivas) was upset since last Wednesday due to his transfer trouble. He had spoken about filing a complaint about being harassed. He was so upset that he said he did not feel like going to work. All of a sudden, he ended his life,â€ť said Krishna Murthy, a relative of Srinivas, while speaking to mediapersons.
The Hanumanth Nagar Police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the CrPC.
Mayor G Padmavathi told NDTV that the civic body will inquire into the issue. "We will get the documents and examine and take a report about the transfers that have happened," she said.
Srinivasâ€™ case is not the first instance of a government official committing suicide citing reasons of harassment. An inspector attached with the Kolar police station, Raghavendra, was found dead in October 2016 at his office. The officer, who had come under the Lokayukta scanner, has shot himself with his service revolver.