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Eighth suicide reported in Amreli since December

Another jobless diamond industry worker committed suicide in Amreli on Friday,even as the Reserve Bank of India has announced to form a task force to find solution to help the ailing units.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot |
February 14, 2009 1:40:26 am

Another jobless diamond industry worker committed suicide in Amreli on Friday,even as the Reserve Bank of India has announced to form a task force to find solution to help the ailing units.

Kalu Chavda (22),a resident of Karivana village in Babra taluka,ended his life by consuming pesticide.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Chavda had been jobless for the last six months.

This is the eighth suicide incident in the district since December last year.

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The Babra police said the body was found from a farmhouse located near Chavda’s house in the village. Deceased’s brother told the police that Chavda had been jobless since October and tried to get some other work,but in vain.

According to the police,the Chavdas are landless and both brothers were making their ends meet through labour work. Kalu Chavda had been working as a diamond worker for over six years. He had shifted to Bhavnagar to work in a polishing unit. But the unit,the police said,did not open after the Diwali vacation.

The deceased had been living in a rented house in Bhavnagar. After being rendered jobless,he could not afford the rent,which forced him to come back to the village.

The Amreli district has over 1,400 polishing units with nearly 60,000 workers. But majority of them are now jobless. Following slump in the diamond industry,most of these units did not open the shutter after Diwali.

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