KULGAM — In a heartbreaking incident, a 24-year-old youth from Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district recorded a video of himself before committing suicide.
The 24-year-old youth (name withheld) from Avail area of Kulgam had consumed some poison at his orchard last week, after which he was taken to a hospital in Srinagar where he lost the battle of life on Friday evening.
As soon as the news of his death came, a video went viral on social media in which he is explaining the reason for his suicide, stating that he took the extreme step because his father has not been receiving his salary for the last more than a year.
“I sacrifice my life for all the teachers who have not been paid for the last two years, and I can’t tell you how much trouble I’ve had to this day which is why I was forced to take this step today,” he was speaking in the video which he recorded himself.
“I am giving my life to solve the problem of all the employees including his father who are still not getting their salaries for the last two years,” he said.
In the heartbreaking video, he tells his family that after his departure, his family should be patient as they have been so far.
Station House Officer (SHO) Manzgam said a case has been registered under FIR number 41/2021 under sections 309 IPC and further investigation has been taken up.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kulgam, Mohammad Ashraf Rather, said that in March 2019, the administrative department did a verification in which the father of the deceased (Bashir Ahmad Mir) got an adverse report and “owing to that, his salary has not been released till date.”
Ashraf said the teacher was posted at Government Primary School Avail, Kulgam.
Meanwhile, District President Teachers Forum Kulgam, Sheikh Intikhab Aalam, said there are 25 teachers in the district who are suffering due to long-pending salaries.
Aalam appealed the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to release the salary of such teachers on humanitarian grounds so that such incidents may not occur in future. (KNO)