AKOLA: The eight-day-old stir by Akola Municipal Corporation (AMC) employees took a tragic turn on Tuesday morning. An AMC employee, Dattatraya Wankhade (40), ended his life by hanging himself to death at his house in Shiv Sena Wasahat of old city area last night, official sources said.
The employee took the extreme step in support of the strike and said in his suicide note that he was fed up with the loan burden. Employees have not got salaries since the last five months. The suicide note was read out by the employees union leader in the presence of hundreds of employees in the AMC premises.
There was a charged atmosphere when the dead body of the deceased was brought to AMC premises in the heart of the city on Tuesday afternoon. Heavy security force was deployed at the AMC to maintain law and order.
The AMC Employees Credit Cooperative Society immediately extended financial support of Rs 15,000, which was given to the son of the deceased.
Parimal Sinh, in-charge commissioner of AMC, assured the mourning employees that their dues, including salaries, will be paid in the near future. District superintendent of police Virendra Mishra appealed to the employees to remain calm under such tragic circumstances.
City mayor Suresh Patil placed a wreath on the body of the deceased and promised the employees that their problems be solved very soon.
The last rites were performed on Tuesday afternoon. The employees’ leaders demanded immediate arrest of the then municipal commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma, who had allegedly worsened the situation by not solving the problems of striking employees.