VARANASI: The Ballia police on Thursday booked as many as 13 identified and five unidentified persons in the suicide of trader Nandlal Gupta in Ballia district. These people have been booked for abetment of suicide, cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation.
UP transport minister Dayashankar Singh on Thursday visited the family members of Gupta, who shot himself while live-streaming on Facebook on Wednesday after holding some moneylenders responsible for his suicide. Singh assured the bereaved family that “Ballia will be freed from the menace of moneylenders”.
Ballia SP Raj Karan Nayyar said, “On the complaint of Nandlal Gupta’s wife Moni Kumari, a named FIR against 13 identified and five unidentified persons has been lodged under sections 306, 420, 406 and 506 IPC. Raids have been started for early arrest of the identified accused persons. The body of Gupta has been handed over to his family and the cremation has been conducted on Wednesday”.
Gupta’s wife accused in her complaint that moneylender Hanuman Singh, his accomplices Shailendra Singh, Ajay Singh, Devnarain Singh, Sahjanand Singh, Anil Chaubey, Rahul Chaubey, Rohit Chaubey, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Alok Singh, Sunil Mishra, Raju Mishra, MS Jyot Armoury Kanpur’s Rinkle Singh and four-five unidentified persons were mentally torturing her husband due to which he was under pressure and had started talking about ending his life.
“I and my husband’s brother had convinced him in the past week not to initiate any harsh steps. But, after the moneylenders got his residential plot in Baheri area registered in their name without giving any money despite the fact that their dues had been cleared with interest, he ended his life,” said Moni, adding that in the registry papers, the moneylenders showed an amount Rs 24 lakh as the value of the land but they did not pay a single rupee to her husband.
She also alleged that a Kanpur-based firm’s owners had to pay Rs 50 lakh to Gupta. “But, despite repeated requests, they did not clear the dues, which made my husband helpless,” she added.
After getting her complaint, the cops swung into action. After the arrival of the body following the postmortem examination, Dayashankar Singh also reached there. After consoling Moni and other family members, he assured them that the family will get justice. He said that Gupta was not the first to end his life but many other incidents had taken place due to the menace of moneylenders. “Exemplary action would be initiated in this case to avoid repetition of incidents of this nature,” he added.
Claiming harassment and mental torture by moneylenders from whom he had borrowed money, 45-year-old gun shop owner Gupta on Wednesday shot himself in the head while streaming the act live on Facebook from his shop on Station Road in Kotwali police station area of Ballia.
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