Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Corruption drives Dalit family to suicide in Bihar



Corruption drives Dalit family to suicide in Bihar
August 22, 2011 20:27 IST

Rambachan Rajvansi, a 30-year-old Mahadalit, doused his wife, two
daughters, and son with kerosene and set them on fire before killing
Daudnagar sub divisional officer Kamal Nain told rediff.com over
telephone that Rambachan Rajvansi was worried and upset after he was
threatened of dire consequences by a middleman Vinod Kumar when he
inquired about withdrawal of his money allotted for house under the
Indira Awaas Yojana through forgery from his bank account.

"I was told by villagers that Rambachan Rajvansi was depressed after
he came to know that money allotted for his house was withdrawn
through forgery by Vinod. He was even threatened of dire consequences
if he informed anyone," Kamal said.

This shocking incident has exposed rampant corruption and forgery by
middleman of funds allocated for houses under Indira Awaas Yojana to
the poor in Bihar.

The accused middleman Vinod is absconding after the shocking incident.
"Vinod is a known middleman in
government schemes, particularly Indira Awaas Yojana in Haspura
block," a local policeman said.

The Aurangabad district magistrate Abhay Kumar Singh has ordered a
magisterial enquiry into the case after Singh along with district
superintendent of police visited the village.

"Police have lodged a case and have already begun an investigation
into it," a district official said.

However, Bihar rural development minister Nitish Mishra said that his
department will initiate action in this case only after district level
inquiry report was made available. "It is a serious matter if a
middleman harassed and threatened a poor man that drove him to commit
suicide along with his family," Mishra said.

Only three months ago, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his
anguish over large-scale corruption in the schemes being executed
through banks.

"Middlemen in connivance with the bank employees use corrupt means to
earn money in the Kisan Indira Awas Yojana scheme," Kumar alleged.

"Police have lodged a case and already began an investigation into it"
a district official said.
M I Khan in Patna

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