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Posted at: Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM (IST)

Govt wary of incident becoming a trend

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, January 10

On the backfoot after the demise of the trader yesterday who attempted suicide at the BJP headquarters the Uttarakhand government is wary of incidents of similar nature gaining traction in the state.

In the past, several job seekers and unemployed youth had made a habit to climb the water tanks with the threat of setting themselves ablaze in case their demands were not met. The government was then forced to make security arrangements at all the water tanks and other buildings.

Sources claim that after the incident there have been series of hoax calls made to the CM and the Chief Secretary office with the callers threatening to commit suicide in case their demands were not met. “These calls have been reported from Udham Singh Nagar and other places. Most of them are demanding financial assistance and even demanding their driving license be made or they would be forced to resort to drastic measures,” said a senior government official.

Now, in this instance the government was virtually forced to announce an ex gratia to the family and also come up with a job offer. With the Congress government organising bandh in the state and coming in support of Pandey, the BJP was almost pushed to act in favour of Pandey’s family.

“We do not want such incidents to be repeated. Suicide is not an answer to the life’s problems. Our sympathies are with the family but Pandey should not have taken such a drastic step. He could have sold his trucks to pay off the loan,” said Ajay Bhatt, Uttarakhand BJP chief.

Bhatt also blamed the opposition for milking the issue to their political end. “They should stop politicising the issue and cooperate with the government,” he said. 

Hoax calls to CM office

Sources claim that after the incident there have been series of hoax calls made to the CM and the Chief Secretary office with the callers threatening to commit suicide in case their demands were not met. “These calls have been reported from Udham Singh Nagar and other places. Most of the callers are demanding financial assistance,” said a senior government official.

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