A TOWNSHIP official in Henan province committed suicide in his supervisor's office after he was sacked for failing to collect enough levies from local enterprises, a report said yesterday. Lu Liang, the industrial and commercial bureau official in Biyang county, was ordered to collect 2,200 yuan (HK$1,937) in eight days from local firms. Many enterprises had refused to pay such levies which were mostly illegal, the Yancheng Evening News reported. To avoid being sacked, Lu would have had to pay the money himself if he failed to meet the quota, it said. Lu was said to have had no money to pay his boss as he had not been paid for five months, the paper said. Lu was sacked on October 22, two days after his payment deadline expired. He was found dead in his supervisor's office that night. Doctors said he poisoned himself. Supervisor Jiao Taiyuan denied he had sacked Lu. Local governments are frequently criticised by the central Government for charging illegal levies.