Meghalaya govt seeks action against employer in Agra suicide case

The Meghalaya government on March 31 demanded action against the owner of a restaurant in Agra, Uttar Pradesh for the alleged abetment of suicide of an employee, who was a native from Shillong.

Aldrin Lyngdoh, a migrant worker from Meghalaya, who worked at a restaurant in Agra, allegedly hanged himself on Monday night.

“In his (Lyngdoh) social media post which was circulated online, the deceased had mentioned the name of owner Seema Chaudhary who terminated him from work, which is a violation of the government order No 40-3/2020-DM-1 (A) dated New Delhi, 29th March 2020 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao stated in a letter to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Rajendra Kumar Tiwari.

Urging Tiwari to get the incident investigated, Rao added, “If found true, take necessary action against the employer as per the provisions of the law.”

Meanwhile, it came to light that the shop where Lyngdoh worked belongs to Uttar Pradesh minister Chaudhary Udaybhan Singh’s daughter-in-law Seema Chaudhary. A Times of India report quoted ADGP (Agra) Ajay Anand saying that legal action would be taken on the basis of the suicide note.

“When we came to the shop, it was locked. We called the owner, Seema Chaudhary, and asked her to open it. Aldrin was found hanging by the neck in the first-floor storeroom,” the TOI report quoted investigating officer Saurabh Dixit as saying.

The report further said that the owner of the shop has told the police that they in fact should investigate why Lyngdoh trespassed into their property when he was not even their employee anymore. “She (Seema) said they had shut shop because of the coronavirus scare and that Aldrin had been fired since he had been suffering from tuberculosis, which he got when he was in jail for theft,” Dixit added.

The owner of the shop maintained that Lyngdoh was fired some five months back.

A Telegraph report quoted Seema Chaudhary as saying that: “He (Lyngdoh) was alcoholic and had fallen sick a few months ago. We took him to a doctor who diagnosed that he was suffering from tuberculosis. We helped him but couldn’t let him work in the restaurant. He later left the city.”

Agra Police said that they are investing the case, including the call records of the deceased.

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