Poor man attempts suicide for failing to get a ration card

Bhubaneswar: Shocking but true. A man attempted to commit suicide on Friday after he allegedly failed to secure a ration card under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Gop block in Puri district.

According to reports, Benudhar Mallick of Jagsahi village under Erabanga panchayat climbed atop a tree on the Block office premises and attempted to end life by hanging self.

It was a group of labourers who spotted Benudhar and raised an alarm. Later, he was rushed to Gop Community Health Centre (CHC) for treatment.

Local residents alleged that the incident occurred when Panchayat meeting was in progress at the block office where several senior administrative officials were present.

Meanwhile, the administrative officials have assured to take necessary steps towards issuing ration card after an inquiry in four days.