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Father not paid for two years, Kulgam youth commits suicide, records video

Kulgam, May 29, 2021: In a heartbreaking incident, a 24-year-old youth from Damhal Hanjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district recorded a video of himself before committing suicide.

According to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), about seven days ago, the 24-year-old youth (name withheld) from Avail, Kulgam had consumed some poison at his orchard, after which he was taken to Srinagar Hospital where he lost the battle of life last evening.

As soon as the news of his death came, a video went viral on social media in which he is explaining the reason for his suicide and stated that he committed suicide because his father has not been receiving his salary for the last more than a year.

“I sacrifice my life for all the teachers who have not been paid for the last two years and I can’t tell you how much trouble I’ve had to this day which is why I was forced to take this step today,” he was speaking in a video which he recorded himself.

He further said that, “I am giving my life to solve the problem of all the employees including his father who are still not getting their salaries for the last two years.”

In a heartbreaking video, he tells his family that after his departure, his family should be patient as they have been patient to this day.

Station House Officer (SHO) Manzgam said a case has been registered under FIR number 41/2021 under sections 309 IPC and further investigations has been taken up.

Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Mohammad Ashraf Rather told KNO in March 2019, the administrative department did a verification in which father of deceased (Bashir Ahmad Mir) got adverse report, “owing to that till date his salary has not been released.”

Ashraf said teacher is posted at Government Primary School Avail, Kulgam.

Meanwhile, District President Teachers Forum Kulgam Sheikh Intikhab Aalam said there are 25 teachers in the district who are suffering due to long pending salaries.

Aalam appeals Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) and LG Manoj Sinha to release the salary of such teachers on humanitarian grounds so that such incidents may not occur in future—(KNO)

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