Bantwal: Cases have been filed at the Vittal police station over a suicide attempt by Lingappa Prabhu of Negalaguli, an employee, in the panchayat office by consuming poison.
The incident took place three days ago. Prabhu works as a pump operator and bill collector. When he took ill after the attempt, he was rushed to the community health centre in Vittal by panchayat members. Later on he was shifted to a private hospital in Mangaluru for advanced treatment.
Villagers alleged that it was the harassment meted out by the president and the panchayat development officer (PDO) that led him to frustration and try to end his life. Protests were also staged.