Ex-sarpanch hangs himself from a tree near his house


Dilip Shankar Gaude, 43, a former sarpanch of Durbhat village panchayat in Ponda taluka, allegedly committed suicide behind his house at Madhalawada-Agapur on Tuesday.
He was the sarpanch of Durbhat village panchayat for about one-and-a-half year. After the general elections to village panchayats on May 5, 2007, he was chosen the first sarpanch of the village panchayat. On December 12, 2008, he resigned from office to make way for his successor, Pramod Naik.Ponda police said that his body was found hanging from a tree with a nylon rope, about 60 metres away from his house. . Quoting his neighbours, the police revealed that Gaude was missing since morning, and that his family members spotted him hanging on Tuesday afternoon.
Gaude was married and is survived by his aged parents, wife and two minor daughters.
The police have retrieved the body and preserved it in the morgue of the Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital at Bambolim for an autopsy to be conducted on Wednesday. Police said that the reason for the suicide was not known.
A case of unnatural death has been registered at the Ponda police station under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Ponda PSI Mohan Gaude is conducting investigations into the case. [TOI]