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An Odisha man has allegedly committed suicide just because he could not arrange a sum of Rs. 20000 for paying it as a bribe and get a house allotted in his name under the rural housing scheme. The deceased, Laxmidhar Behera, belongs to a poverty-stricken family and do not have a pucca house for which he rightly deserves to get a pucca house under the scheme. Behera was a resident of Nirakarpur Patanasahi.
As alleged by his family members, Laxmidhar has taken the extreme step of bidding goodbye to this world after he faced bribery demands by government officials who are concerned with the scheme. As stated by the relatives, the officials demanded a bribe of Rs 15,000-20,000 for sanctioning a pucca house under the rural-housing scheme.
The deceased, however, has also made a video recording before taking the ultimate step of finishing his life. The video has gone viral now. He has clearly mentioned it in the video that the government officials have demanded him a bribe, but he could not arrange the sum.
Behera stated the following in the video, “I had approached everybody, but no one listened to me. The officials asked me to pay something between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. From where I can arrange the money? I work as labourer.”
His family has added that Behera was in his mid-thirties and was already suffering from a debt burden of over Rs 1.5 lakh.
After the video of citing the reason for committing suicide went viral, the Khurda District Collector Nirmal Mishra has said that there will be a thorough investigation into the whole episode to find out the official who had demanded a bribe from the man.
Mishra also added that as per the primary investigation it is found that no one has had demanded a bribe from the deceased. He also added, “But, a detailed probe will be conducted.”
The incident has now drawn sharp criticism as both the Congress and the BJP has alleged that the Naveen Patnaik government has launched a number of schemes which has given way for corruption.
After the incident, BJP leader and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited Behera’s village and met his family members. Pradhan termed this incident as a “government-sponsored murder and not a suicide”.

 Source: The Sentinel