The city police have booked four people, including a former BJP district secretary and a former Youth Akali Dal (YAD) office bearer, for abetting the suicide of a local builder on Saturday.
The builder, Raman Pasricha, consumed some poisonous substance at his house in Raseela Nagar, on Friday evening. He was rushed to the local civil hospital, but died on Saturday afternoon.
Pasricha's wife Sabina, who was in Delhi, arrived at the hospital by late afternoon, and alleged that former senior
vice-president of YAD Harkomal Singh Romi, former BJP district secretary Amit Taneja, and two others, Bantu Shahri and Anil Kapoor, were pressuring her husband to return Rs 50 lakh, he had reportedly lost in gambling with them.
"Around four months ago, the four lured my husband into gambling, which used to be organised at the residence of Bantu in Adarsh Nagar," Sabina told HT. She claimed that hidden cameras were planted inside the room where gambling was held, which ensured that her husband always lost and he had lost Rs 50 lakh over the last 3-4 months, which he was unable to pay.
"Our office and car were forcibly occupied. He was being pressured and unable to withstand the tension and harassment caused by the four, he ended his life," she alleged.
The police have registered a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC against the accused.
When contacted, assistant commissioner of police RPS Sandhu confirmed the registration of the case. "However, we will first investigate these allegations, before arresting the accused."
The ACP ruled out any bowing to political pressure or influence in the investigations.
However, a son of the victim Vishal told HT that a police team police had visited the civil hospital, earlier in the day, and forced him to sign a statement in which nobody was blamed for the suicide. "Officials claimed that it will be in our benefit not to blame anybody for the suicide."
However, at Sabina's insistence the statement was taken back and the case registered.