Businessman’s death shrouded in mystery

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 12:39 IST

A debt-ridden and under investigation businessman died in the civil hospital in mysterious circumstances on Thursday evening.

Balbir Chand Gupta (65), the owner of Vikrant Rubbers, and a resident of Shakti Nagar of Model Town area, had left the house at 9.30 am on Thursday, telling his wife that he would be back in 10 minutes.

However, a reconstruction of events shows that some passersby found him unconscious by the roadside at Ferozepur Road, near Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Gate number 1. Eventually, officials from the Sarabha Nagar police station rushed him to the o civil hospital where he died during treatment.

Police suspect he died due to consumption of expired medicines, as wrappers have been found on him. The family claimed that he had been mentally upset for a few days and has been contemplating suicide.

When he did not return after a few hours on Thursday, a missing report was lodged at the Kochar Market police post.

Gupta’s kin were alerted as the Sarabha Nagar police informed all police stations and they have identified the body.

The body has been handed over to the family after post-mortem, according to which the cause of death was the consumption of a poisonous substance.

Shashi Gupta, the wife of the industrialist, said, “Our family had fallen on tough times. My husband had recently been summoned by the police for investigation and the fact had made him very tense.”

No case has been filed in this regard, yet.

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