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Ex gratia to kin of man who killed himself outside AP Bhavan, Naidu links it to SCS protest

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

N Chandrababu Monday announced Rs 20 lakh ex gratia for the family of a differently-abled man who had come to the capital to attend his day-long fast but later allegedly committed suicide outside the Andhra Bhavan.

linked the suicide of 40-year-old Davala to the demand for the Special Category Status for the state, but the Police said he consumed poison as he was facing financial crisis.

The also announced a state funeral for Rao, a resident of Kinthali village in Srikakulam district of

is on a dharna to demand special status for his state and fulfilment of commitments made by the Centre under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Addressing the spate of suicides in the state over demands of special status, Naidu appealed to the general public to refrain from taking such steps.

"Our problem has become the nation's problem. With all the support we have got today, we have gained in confidence that we are not alone. The people of the state have got demoralised. In this crisis situation, people are committing suicide. Yesterday, a killed himself and today another did the same," he said.

"I want to appeal to everyone that don't commit suicide. It is not good for our society. Don't make your family member orphans. We will fight. We will achieve our goal," he added.

Police said Rao killed himself on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

They maintained that at around 7 am, they were informed by an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) about an unidentified body lying near the footpath of Jaswant Singh Road.

Rao was found dead on a wheelchair and a suicide note written in Telugu was recovered from the spot, of said.

In the two-page suicide note, Rao cited financial crisis as the reason for taking the extreme step, Verma said.

Proceedings have been initiated and further inquiry is in progress, the DCP added.

The body has been preserved in a mortuary and will be sent for postmortem after the family reaches Delhi, officials said.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 22:35 IST