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Guj officer resists corruption, driven to death


Meghdoot Sharon,CNN-IBN
Apr 16, 2011 at 08:06pm IST

New Delhi: A Forest Officer in Gujarat has been driven to death for resisting corruption. 44-year-old Yajvendrasinh Chauhan, a Range Forest Officer with the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation, committed suicide on Wednesday.

He was allegedly being harassed by three of his seniors, who wanted him to prepare inflated bills for projects. Chauhan has left behind five affidavits, naming the three officials, Geer Foundation Director Bharat Pathak, and DFOs M K Nanda and Suman Gurjar.

Based on Chauhan's affidavits and the statement of his father, the police have registered a case against the three officials. However, no arrests have been made as yet.

Senior Policeman of Adalaj Police Station Mukesh Chaudhary said, "A complaint of harassment has been filed. We have registered a case of abetting suicide and investigations are on."

"This had been going on for almost three years. My son filed five-six affidavits and details of the seniors are there in it," said Chauhan's father Chandansinh."

Just days back, Anna Hazare declared a war against corruption which forced the union government to agree to a joint committee to redraft a Lokpal Bill.

But in Gujarat, Chauhan lost the battle against corruption.

Yajvendrasinh's nephew Mayursinh Chauhan said, "They were torturing him for the past two years and he told us this too. And so, he made affidavits and asked us to present them in court."

It now remains to be seen if any action is taken against these officials. But this seems to be another case of an upright officer ending up as a victim of a corrupt system.

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