A 39-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near Parliament complex Thursday morning, said police.
The man has been identified as Ram Dayal Verma, a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal. He was married with children and his family has been informed about his death, said Narwal.
“The incident came to light at 7.15 am, after Verma’s body was found hanging from a tree between Rail Bhawan and the media parking centre near Vijay Chowk. It was spotted by security officials who informed police,” said Narwal.
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A 23-page suicide note, recovered from Verma’s possession, stated that he was suffering from depression for a long time, said the DCP. He added that the suicide did not seem to be an impulsive act but a planned one.
“The note cited depression and financial losses as the reason behind the act. In his suicide note, he said he had lost crores while betting over IPL matches… he also said he had been suffering from depression for a long time and he had tried commiting suicide earlier as well.
Verma said he wanted his personal plight to be highlighted and he did not want to die anonymously,” said Narwal.
Initial investigation has revealed that Verma left his home Wednesday after telling his wife that he was going to Delhi for a business meeting. “On Thursday morning, he went to Vijay Chowk near Parliament, where he hung himself from a tree. Delhi Police recovered a black bag containing several documents and his railway ticket from the spot. An inquest has been initiated into the matter,” he added.
“In his note, he said he had taken loans from various people to place bets on cricket matches, hoping to make some money. However, he said he lost all the money, including his life’s savings, and he had no option but to end his life,” said the official Narwal said when Delhi Police called up Verma’s wife, she asked them if he had been arrested for betting. “She knew about his betting habit… in his suicide note, he said he had indulged in betting earlier and lost money… but this time the losses he incurred while betting were too much,” he said.