VARANASI: Claiming harassment and mental torture by moneylenders from whom he had borrowed money, a 45year-old trader in Ballia on Wednesday shot himself in the head while streaming the act live on Facebook from his shop.
Police said the victim, Nandlal Gupta, owned a gun shop on Station Road in Kotwali police station area of the town. “Before killing himself, Gupta said that he had borrowed some money from local moneylenders.

Businessman shoots himself in head on Facebook live in UP's Ballia

Businessman shoots himself in head on Facebook live in UP’s Ballia

However, despite repaying more than the money borrowed, they forced him to get his house registered in their name. Claiming harassment and mental torture at the hands of moneylenders, he shot himself in the temple on Wednesday afternoon. Before ending his live, he also sought justice for his wife and children from PM Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adi-tyanath. He also ensured the entire episode was streamed live on his Facebook page,” said a police official.
On hearing the gunshot, people from neighbouring shops and Station Road market ran towards Gupta’s shop. Those who were watching him live on Facebook also rushed to the spot. On receiving information, his wife also reached the spot and fainted on seeing Gupta lying in a pool of blood.
ASP Ballia Durga Prasad Tiwari along with Kotwali police also reached the spot. “The body has been sent for postmortem. The family of Nandlal Gupta have not given any complaint so far,” he said.
On Gupta’s charge of harassment , he said: “We have taken note of the victim holding moneylenders responsible for his suicide. After getting details from Gupta’s family and their complaint, we would investigate the matter. Anyone found guilty won’t be spared. ”

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