NRI commits suicide in hotel room in Bathinda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2015 22:21 IST

A non-resident Indian committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan in a room of a hotel here on Saturday morning.

The victim, identified as Harbans Singh, 40, a resident of Mehraj village, was found hanging from a ceiling fan with his turban in a room of Hotel Highway Inn on the Barnala bypass road.

The police have recovered a four-page suicide note from the room in which the victim has written that he was not interested in going to England leaving behind his family here so he was taking the extreme step. He didn't blame anybody for the extreme step in the suicide note. The victim had about a month-old baby boy. He worked as a skilled labourer in England.

Investigation officer ASI Shally Singh at the Thermal police station said that as per the victim's family members, the victim was a permanent resident of England and was scheduled to board a flight for England on Thursday and the family had come to Bathinda and make him board a bus for Amritsar. However, the man did not go to Amritsar and came out of the bus after some distance and hired a room in the hotel the same day.

As per hotel owner Rajinder Kumar, the victim was having no sign of depression when he hired a room in the hotel and had tea after a morning walk on Saturday before he took the extreme step.

"After having tea, he called his nephew over mobile phone at about 8:40 am and asked him to pick him from the hotel. The nephew reached the hotel at about 10 am and knocked at the door of the room. He kept on knocking at the door for about half an hour, but the victim didn't open the door. So, he called the hotel staff and asked them to switch off the power supply so that the air conditioner stops working and the victim could get up if he was sleeping. But, as he didn't open the door after this, the staff entered the room by breaking open the door and found him hanging from a ceiling fan with a turban," he said.

SHO, Thermal police station, Jeet Singh, said that as the victim hasn't blamed anybody for forcing him to take the step in the suicide note, the police would be handing over the body to the family after conducting postmortem.

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