A 17-year-old student has committed suicide allegedly after failing to get smaller denomination notes to visit a local Kartik Mela at Anoopshahr in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. Sumit Chaudhary, the son of a Border Security Force Jawan posted in West Bengal, was found hanging from the ceiling of his house on Monday night.
“He queued-up outside a bank twice for almost five-six hours on Friday and Sunday, but every time he would reach the counter, the cash would get finished. ATMs too were empty… But we never imagined that he can take such an extreme step,” said Sumit’s sister, Preeti, while showing the last picture they have clicked together on Bhaidooj.
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The police said that Sumit, a class 12th student at Jaypee Vidyapeeth, had asked his mother to give him smaller denomination notes, but she refused citing cash crunch.
Sumit’s grandfather, Mohan Singh, told the police that the boy had Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which were not being accepted at the Mela. Anoopshaher area Circle Officer Kumari Shrestha said that Sumit committed suicide when his other family members were away.
Sumit’s uncle, Gyanveer, said that his father had sent Rs 500 in Rs 100 denominations for Sumit, his mother and two sisters to visit the fair. But the boy refused to accompany others as he needed more money since it was the last day of the fair on Monday. His mother and sisters left home for the fair early in the evening and returned around 8 pm to find Sumit’s body hanging. He had used a wooden ladder to reach the ceiling, the uncle added. He said that they brought the body to their ancestral village, Malakpur, after an autopsy was done on Tuesday.
Sumit’s father, Premveer Chaudhary, was on his way to Malakpur. His mother, Vijaya Chaudhary, lay fainted in one corner of their single-storey house, while his two sisters, Preeti and Priya, were inconsolable.
Gyanveer said that Sumit was struggling alone for money. “There was no money in the house,” said Gyanveer. He added that they supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization move. “Modi’s move is good but do not go back on it because we have lost everything because of it,’’ he said.