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Kerala farmer suicide: Additional chief secretary confirms holes in land records

Kozhikode collector  had suspended Chembanoda village officer and the village assistant following an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the suicide of  the farmer.

Published: 24th June 2017 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2017 07:11 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE:  Three days after a farmer, Kavilpurayidathil Joy, committed suicide in Chakkittappara grama panchayat after revenue officials refused to let him pay his tax, details are emerging that the incident may have been the outcome of a discrepancy in the land records maintained by the village revenue officials.

Joy (57) hanged himself in front of the Chembanoda village office in Kozhikode district Wednesday night after a dispute with revenue officials over the taxed owed by his family.

On Saturday, additional chief secretary (revenue) P H Kurian confirmed that village revenue officials indeed erred in maintaining land records. “There are certain discrepancies in the land records and the staff have erred. We will be submitting a detailed report to the state government after a thorough probe. There will be strict action against the officers,” Kurian said.

This confirms a finding by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (V&ACB) Friday that the village office staff manipulated land records.

Kozhikode collector U V Jose had suspended Chembanoda village officer C A Sunny and village assistant Sileesh Thomas following an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the suicide of Joy.

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