Khurda: A person allegedly committed suicide after failing to give bribe for local block officials for a house under rural housing scheme at Pathansahi in Nirakarpur area in Khurda district.
Laxmidhar Behera committed suicide by consuming poison. Before taking the extreme step he shot a video describing his ordeal which has gone viral now.
In the video the deceased was heard describing how local block officials visited his house and demanded Rs 15,000-20,000 bribe to allot a house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. He is also heard saying that a family like him which is unable to arrange food, bring money to offer the block officials to get a house.
Laxmidhar was found unconscious from Gahirihari canal near Nanpada. He was admitted to hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited the victim’s family and targeted the State Government over corruption in housing scheme. He said that Laxmidhar’s death is a State govt- sponsored killing and people are fed up with rampant corruption.
“During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Odisha recently, he has asked who feeds the demon of corruption. It is very unfortunate that a poor and needy man committed suicide for failing to give PC. Laxmidhar Behera’s suicide is just the tip of iceberg. There are several such cases in the State,” said Pradhan.
He said that demon of corruption in the form PC (percentage commission) culture has grown strong in Odisha. Not a single work is executed without giving bribe to BJD agents, the Union Minister alleged.