Panaji: Two days after an assistant engineer allegedly committed suicide, Goa Minister Dayanand Mandrekar today said an elected representative should not be held responsible if an official takes the extreme step just because he is scolded by the MLA.
The state water resources minister’s remarks came after assistant engineer Kiran Godbole, attached to his department, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his Margaoresidence on Sunday.
According to Margao police inspector Sudesh Naik, during preliminary investigations it was found that Congress legislator Babu Kavlekar had telephoned Godbole on Sunday evening, sometime before he took the extreme step and there were apprehensions that he had scolded the official.
There will be no inquiry by the department. It is for the police (to probe). If there is no water in our village then I also call up engineers and scream at them. That does not mean they should commit suicide,” Mandrekar told reporters here.
He said it was for the police or CBI to conduct an inquiry into the death of the engineer.
Mandrekar said another engineer was recently roughed up by a crowd in his presence at Chapora village. “I pleaded with the people that at least don’t beat him in front of me,” he said.