Village administrative officer commits suicide in front of a mo

Village administrative officer commits suicide in front of a mo
Village administrative officer commits suicide in front of a moving train

TRICHY: Village administrative officer (VAO) allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu on Friday evening.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) identified the deceased as M Venkatesan (34) of Rettipalayam in Thanjavur.

Venkatesan was working as a VAO in Thalayamangalam in Orathanadu taluk in Thanjavur district. He was said to be in-charge of Karai Meendarkottai village too.

Functionaries of the Tamil Nadu Grama Nirvaga Aluvalar Munnetra Sangam (VAOs' association) alleged that work pressure and humiliation from higher officials had forced Venkatesan to take the extreme step.

Venkatesan allegedly jumped in front of the Karaikal - Ernakulam Express train near Vannarapettai railway station while he was returning home after work. Some railway employees found his body lying on the tracks. His wife V Ilakkiaya and his father Mohandass, a retired thansildar, rushed to the spot and identified his body. Venkatesan and Ilakkiya had got married only six months ago.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Ilakkiya, the GRP registered a case and sent the body to Thanjavur Government Medical College Hospital for postmortem, said railway special sub-inspector and investigating officer Jayakumar. The railway police began investigations.

Village administrative officer commits suicide in front of a moving train