PUDUKOTTAI: A resident of Pudukkottai town submitted a petition to the district collector for permission to commit suicide in front of the district collectorate during the public grievance day meet on Monday.
He said he was unable to bear the mental torture by the village panchayat president of Kavinadu Melavattam 9B panchayat and the lethargic attitude of the assistant director of panchyat administration, Pudukkottai district.
R Sivakumar, ex-district secretary, Puthiya Thamilagam party, Pudukkottai came here to handover the petition to the district collector. Later he told Express, "I have a 250 sqft land at Kavinadu Melavattam 9B panchayat that I bought five years ago. I wished to buils a house so I applied to the village panchayat to get a tax receipt along with other relevant documents two months ago."
"I approached Sethuraman, village panchayat president Susheela's husband, who oversees the village panchayat administration instead of his wife. He asked me `6,000 as bribe for a tax receipt for my housing site. I approached the assistant director of panchayat((village administration), sought his intervention ,and narrated the earlier incidents to him," the complainant added.
"Later, I was asked to go to the BDO, Pudukkottai but nothing has happened on my application and I was indirectly asked to pay `6,000 as bribe," he said.
He added, "Hence, due to mental agony created by the village panchayat authorities I would like to commit suicide if the district officials failed to address my issue even after this petition. For which, I handed over a petition to district collector. The collector said to me that the issue would be solved within a week. I hope, it will be," he said.