Monday, July 16, 2012

'Political corruption' drives dalit leader to commit suicide in UP
LUCKNOW: In a shocking and one of its kind incident, a political activist committed suicide in the collectorate premises of Azamgarh district on Monday as a protest against corruption in politics and hypocrisy of public representatives. The deceased was a dalit leader associated earlier with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and at present was the member of the newly floated Ambedkar Samaj Party.

According to Azamgarh police, 65-year-oldBaliram Prasad, who was a former BSP functionary and at present associated withAmbedkar Samaj Party, sprinkled kerosene and set himself ablaze in the Ambedkar Park within the collectorate compound. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to injuries. The act left people shocked in the collectorate. Eyewitnesses told police that the entire incident happened within minutes. They doused the flames but by that time Baliram had suffered serious burn injuries. Superintendent of Police (SP), Azamgarh, Vijay Singh Meena told reporters that a suicide not was found in the pocket of the deceased leader in which he had written that he was under depression since long and frustrated with the present state of affairs of politics and working style of peoples' representatives and was taking the extreme step due it. The note also stated that leaders like him have toiled hard all their lives but were today facing bad times and it was most unfortunate, the SP added.

It is rare to see a political activist committing suicide because of disappointment with the attitude of politicians who claim to be dedicated to a cause but use it for self promotion. Earlier, Kanu Sanyal, one of the founders of the Naxalite movement of the 1960s in West Bengal, had committed suicide in March, 2010, Though he did not leave any suicide note, it is largely believed that over the years, at the age of 82 years, Sanyal was disenchanted and disillusioned with the violence resorted to by the Maoists.


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