Blaming an Akali leader, an excise and taxation officer and two of his business partners for allegedly harassing, blackmailing and extorting money from him, a 32-year-old steel furnace owner committed suicide in Mandi Gobindgarh. Rajesh Gupta had consumed poisonous tablets at his office late Tuesday.
In a suicide note recovered from his office, Gupta has blamed Sukhwinder Bhambri, SAD leader and former Mandi Gobindgarh MC president; Vishwajeet Bhangu, excise and taxation officer; and his business partners Sanjeev Kumar and Surinder Kumar for allegedly pushing him over the edge.
Bhambri and Bhangu could not be contacted.
Bhambri and his wife contested the recently-held MC council polls in Mandi Gobindgarh on SAD tickets but lost.
In the suicide note (copy with The Indian Express), Gupta has written, “The sole reason for my death is Sukhwinder Bhambri, ETO Bhangu and my business partners Sanjeev and Surinder Kumar. My business was running well but my partners cheated me and blackmailed me. Bhambri supported them and instigated Bhangu to raid my office premises S M Alloys twice. They extorted lakhs from me in name of raids and I suffered loss of Rs 50,00,000 (sic)”.
An FIR has been registered against Bhambri, Bhangu, Sanjeev Kumar and Surinder Kumar for abetment to suicide. “All four are absconding,” police said.