Retired employee tries suicide outside Rajasthan court
Jaipur, May 3 (IANS) An 82-year-old retired government employee Thursday attempted to commit suicide at the Rajasthan High Court building here, police said, adding he was depressed over not getting pension benefits after his retirement 25 years ago.
The man, Raghunath Singh, who served as a sanitary worker in the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), was about to set himself afire when he was overpowered by security guards at the court and policemen. Singh is a resident of Kalwar Road area in the city.
"Raghunath Singh had retired in 1987 from JMC, but he claims that he was not getting pension. He approached courts, but this too did not help," a police officer told IANS.
He added that Singh poured kerosene on his body around 10.30 a.m. Thursday. "He was rushed to a hospital. As attempting suicide is criminal offence, he was booked under section 109 of the Indian Penal Code," said the officer.
Singh told media persons that he was finding it difficult to survive due to financial difficulties. He was depressed as no one was paying heed to his legitimate demands of a pension, he added.
Police will present Singh in a court Friday.
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