Debt-ridden pharmacist shoots self

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2014 12:53 IST

Debt-ridden owner of a pharmaceutical unit Rakesh Dutta, 50, committed suicide at his house in the Model Gram area on Thursday morning. He had shot himself in his head with his licenced revolver and hid body was found lying in the bathroom attached to his bedroom.

Before taking the extreme step, Dutta had gone for morning walk around 6 am and returned after an hour. The domestic help was the first one who saw Dutta lying in a pool of blood.

The Division Number 5 police reached the spot and initiated investigation in the case. The body had been sent for post-mortem examination.

The family has named at least 16 persons, including some chemists of Pindi Street — the wholesale medicine market — for harassing Dutta for money. The police have initiated investigation.

Owner of Dutta Pharm-aceuticals, Rakesh Dutta ran a chemist shop on the premises of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for at least 15 years. He had vacated the chemist shop two years back when the DMCH management took over the charge of medicine store and started its own pharmacy.

Dutta’s pharmaceutical factory is based at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh.

Though the police were yet to probe the exact reason of suicide, preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased was under debt and in depression as some of his business associates and banks were pressurising him for money.

Inspector Dharampal, station house officer (SHO) of the Salem Tabri police station, said they recovered the revolver from the bathroom.

He said the family had named some people who were harassing Dutta for money. The police were investigating in the matter and could register an FIR under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code against suspects if some evidence is found against them.

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