Kanpur: Harassed by Kanpur Samajwadi Party district secretary Prashant Tiwari alias Parul for not paying ‘goonda tax’, 16-year-old Ankit Yadav, a taxi driver, committed suicide on Tuesday morning by hanging himself.

Irked by the incident, villagers of the deceased staged protest near the Bhoti Mod and blocked the National Highway number 2 for almost five hours compelling the police to resort to lathicharge. This lead to clashes between villagers and police personnel.

According to sources, complaints have been lodged against the SP leader including his father and brother.

Ankit’s father Amar Singh said, “At 10am Ankit arrived at Bhoti Mod where he was thrashed by Parul when he refused to cough up Rs 300.”