55-year-old Ram Kumar Shukla drank poison and blamed officer Surendra Singh of the Raun police station. In two videos that have emerged since the suicide, the head constable says that he was pruning plants at the police station as part of the Swachchata programme on Gandhi Jayanti when he was ordered by the inspector to pick up a spade and dig pits.
The head constable also called the Superintendent of Police of Bhind and complained, but he too allegedly did not take note of the constable's plea and threatened to send him back to police lines.
An audio tape of the telephonic conversation between the head constable and the Superintendent of Police of Bhind has gone viral too. In it, the head constable is heard narrating his side of the incident. Receiving no response from the SP, the constable is heard saying that if he was ordered to go to police lines, he would not go alive.
His family staged a protest at the Bhind kotwali demanding a case of abetment of suicide and criminal conspiracy to be lodged against the two officers.
Madhya Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the suicide. The probe will be conducted by the additional superintendent of police of Morena district under the supervision of the inspector-general of Chambal range.
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