Punjab News Accused in graft case, ETO commits suicide


Staff member
Mohali April 24:

An excise and taxation officer (ETO) with the department’s mobile wing in Chandigarh allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at his Phase II residence late last evening.

He died at the PGI.The deceased, identified as 50-year-old Ranjit Singh, who was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for allegedly accepting bribe from a trader to release his goods at Mohali on March 29, had been released on bail just three days ago. Though his family members were in a state of shock, his colleagues said he was under stress after being allegedly implicated in a false case.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. As the news about his death spread, there was widespread resentment among his colleagues who accused the Vigilance Bureau of implicating him a false case. The ETO on being trapped was humiliated and bashed up by vigilance bureau officials, claimed colleagues of the deceased.

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, president of the Excise and Taxation Officers Association said the association had demanded a fair inquiry into the incident by an IAS officer who had worked with the excise department. “Those who are behind his death should be booked for abetment to suicide,” he said.