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Mrunal Manmay Dash

In a shocking incident, a man ended his life allegedly after a kangaroo court at Khatia village under Ranapur Police limits in Nayagarh district allegedly insulted him and levied a fine for accusing a doctor of negligence in duty.

The deceased, identified as Sunanda Behera was reportedly crestfallen after a village kangaroo court forced him to bow down and touch the feet of a doctor. Apart from that, he was also penalised Rs 8,500 for his ‘crime’. Dejected by the insult, he allegedly committed suicide.

Sources said Behera had visited the Darpanarayanpur Primary health Centre (PHC) few days back with a patient for consultation but could not find anyone. He reportedly called up the doctor and abused him for not being on the duty.

The doctor complained at the village kangaroo court following which Behera was penalised.

Following Behera’s death, his wife alleged that it was because of the insult he was subjected to in front of all the villagers. “He was so embarrassed that he could not bear it further and took the extreme step of ending his life,” she said.

“I want justice for my husband. He was the only earning member of my family. Where will I go now? What will I do,” asked his grieving wife.

Speaking to reporters, Nayagarh SP, Sidhharth Kataria said, “A case has been registered at the Ranapur Police station after a written complaint was received. A probe has been launched and evidences will clarify whether it is a case of abetment to suicide.”

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