A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was registered against Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) and block education officer in Basti district on Friday after a candidate for the post of assistant teacher found his name missing from the list of selected ones and reportedly suffered cardiac arrest as a result.
The candidate, identified as Ramakant Yadav, died while undergoing treatment at Lucknow’s KGMU on Thursday.
Following his death, Yadav’s family filed an FIR and staged a demonstration keeping his body outside the collectorate in Basti on Friday, alleging that the education department officials had demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Yadav for his selection. Since he could not pay the amount, his name was struck from the list of selected candidates resulting in the cardiac arrest that he suffered, the family alleged.
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However, BSA Dr Santosh Singh claimed the selection committee had withheld the decision on Yadav’s selection on the ground that his name in graduation certificate was mentioned as ‘Ramkant’ while other documents carried his name as ‘Ramakant’. The selection of seven other candidates was also withheld for the same reason, he said.
Singh added that all the candidates were asked to submit appropriate reasons behind the change in their name’s spelling by May 8. While others submitted the required evidence with the verification process under way, Yadav was sent another letter to submit proof by May 15, the BSA claimed.
The BSA said the basic education department was carrying out the process of selection of ‘Shiksha Mitras’ (teachers on contract in government primary schools) as assistant teachers.
Ramakant (45) was also a shiksha mitra and was eligible for the selection but his name was not given in the selection list displayed on April 30 at his office due to the difference in his name’s spelling, he added.
Circle Officer, City area, Tanveer Ahmed said a case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC has been lodged against BSA Dr Santosh Singh and basic education officer Akhilesh Kumar Singh on a complaint filed by Yadav’s wife Gomti at City Kotwali police station.
The complainant alleged that Ramakant did not find his name in the list of selected candidates on April 30 and later suffered heart attack on May 1. He was rushed to the district hospital where doctors referred him to Lucknow KGMU where he died on Thursday.
A resident of Mehripur locality, Ramakant was shiksha mitra for the past 10 years. Around 1,469 persons have been selected for the post of assistant teacher in Basti.