The sad story of Kallol Sur caught my eye over the weekend, a local official who apparently hanged himself after blowing the whistle on corruption in India’s flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
According to The Sunday Express , Sur, a block development officer — a local bureaucrat — in the eastern state of West Bengal, complained of “immense political pressure” after exposing graft in the scheme.
Sur had apparently first uncovered corruption by officials from the ruling Communist Party (Marxist), and then by others from the opposition Trinamool Congress.
Sur’s father alleges that his son’s body was “hurriedly cremated” and never handed over to him.
One of the men who Sur had accused said the official was “clearly mad”, the Express reported. The local police superintendent said Sur was suffering from schizophrenia.