The police have booked a commission agent of Ghiana Ke Banger grain market in the district on charges of driving his contractor to commit suicide after the latter was unable to pay him `1 lakh.
In his complaint to the police, Sushil Masih, father of the deceased, said he and his son Mickel were working with the commission agent, Davinder Singh, as contractors-cum-caretakers at the Ghiana Ke Banger grain market.
He further said after the end of the wheat season, when he and Davinder were checking the stocks, they found that 574 bags of wheat, costing `2.25 lakh, were missing for which the commission agent blamed him and his son
Sushil said after Davinder and his companions exerted pressure on them, he and his son agreed to pay `1 lakh to the commission agent on June 18. "Davinder threatened my son with dire consequences if he didn't pay up on the scheduled date", he added.
Unable to bear the tension, Mickel inhaled a poisonous substance on Thursday night. He was taken to a private hospital in Fatehgarh Churian, where he died.
Following Sushil's complaint, the police have filed a case under section 306 of the IPC against Davinder, who is absconding.