Former Principal of Jumna Christian College commits suicide, Uttar Pradesh
Protest by Christians
The former Principal of Jumna Christian Inter College, living in the Jumna Mission Compound in Katghar Mohalla, located in Muttiganj, Police Station area, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, was found hanging in his house, on 18th April, Wednesday evening. His dead body was found hanging from a fan.
Late Principal RK Gowan (78), who retired nearly 18 years ago from Jumna Christian Inter College in Katagrah, lived for a long time with his family at the Jumna Mission Compound near the college. The Gowan’s were a close-knit family. At about 4.30 pm in the evening, the younger daughter-in-law, Neera and the younger son Dr. Dheeraj Gowan went to his room and saw that the body of RK Gawan, hanging from the fan with a scarf.
The police who reached the site of the incident and sent the body to the post-mortem. A two-page suicide note was found in the room, in which RK Gowan named three persons, including Kareeshwar’s caretaker Rudra Narayan Pathak, responsible for his death.
When the ASP reached the information, the local residents surrounded him, alleging that a false case has been filed against many people living in the area, including RK Gowan by the accused persons. The land they live on is theirs.
The neighbours alleged that Principal RK Gowan was in depression because of the harassment of the accused which pushed him to commit suicide. Apart from this, the neighbours alleged that gangs of men on bikes cause chaos in the area, throwing bottles of wine into houses and harassing the women and the girls of the locality. They demanded that the ASP provide better security arrangements. ASP directed Mithiganj Inspector Nishikant Rai to tighten security arrangements.
Police are investigating the case.
The Suicide note:
Suicide note (summary):
“I blame Raj Narayanan Pathak, Ubhay Pratap Singh and Shiv Bahadur Singh, who have been harassing me, for my death. Even though I am innocent, they have made baseless and false allegations against me, to make me look like a criminal, even though I am a peace-loving and simple person. I have never visited a Police Station or a Court in all my life and there is no record of any wrong doing against me.
Based on the harassment, humiliation and false allegations, as I find no other option, I am forced to take this extreme step.
The people I have named are the criminals. Except for 1 or 2 Policemen, I have faith in the Police Administration to uncover the truth and punish the guilty. I pray that my death will highlight and draw attention to the injustice, discrimination and bigotry done to all Christians in India.
My humble request is that you do not bother my family in any way”.
Church, please pray for Late Principal Gowan’s family and for God supernatural intervention and justice.
“Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler and stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” – Psalm 35: 1-3
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