Retired headmaster attempts suicide demanding construction of new bridge

The Statesman

A retired headmaster of a secondary school jumped into the Upper Ganga Canal on Tuesday at Nanu Ka Pull when the officials asked him to end his dharna in support of his demand of the construction of a new bridge over the canal to replace the 150-year old bridge. The headmaster was rescued safely.

The police, however, have booked him for suicide attempt while his two aides, who are also sitting on a dharna, are booked under section 151 of CrPc for breaching peace and law and order.

According to the SSP office, "Saharanveer Singh, 63, was booked on charges of attempting suicide.

He, however, is undergoing treatment in a hospital and is out of danger. His two colleagues who were sitting on dharna have also been booked."

There is a bridge over the Upper Ganga Canal that passes near Nanu village of Sardhana tehseel. This is an old bridge that was constructed during the British period when the Canal was made between 1840 and 1854. The canal bifurcates from Hardwar in Uttarakhand and passes through various districts of western UP.

Now the bridge is in a dilapidated condition and the Irrigation department has also put up a warning board there but the bridge is still in use.

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