A 28-YEAR-OLD youth shot himself dead in Bareilly district soon after he sent a video detailing his plan to commit suicide to his two brothers and two friends. The deceased, Sumit Chauhan, also alleged in the video that his wife and in-laws were threatening to implicate him in a false case of dowry.
Sumit, who committed suicide at his house at Ashok Nagar of Baradari area on Thursday evening, was a private taxi driver. He and his wife Kirti had got married around five years ago and have a five-year-old son.
In the video, Sumit has alleged that his in-laws had borrowed Rs 1 lakh from him. As he wanted the money to be returned, this led to a discord among the couple.
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Following this, Kirti went to stay with her parents last Friday at Sharma Nagar. On Thursday, Sumit reportedly visited his wife to bring her back but she refused. According to Sumit’s relatives, he committed suicide two hours after returning home.
While police have been handed over the video — purportedly containing Sumit’s dying declaration — no case of abetment of suicide has been lodged as the police claimed none of his relatives have lodged a complaint in this regard. When contacted, Baradari police Station House Officer Rajendra Singh said: “The family members of the deceased have said they would take a decision over lodging a complaint after the final rites are over.”
Singh added that Amit, the deceased’s brother, has told police that he heard a gunshot from Sumit’s room and rushed in to find it bolted from inside.
“He somehow broke into the room to find Sumit lying in a pool of blood. He had shot himself on right temple and a countrymade pistol was lying nearby. Amit also said that his brother was depressed for the last few months as his wife and her family were threatening to implicate Sumit in a false case of dowry,” said the SHO.
“After the suicide, Sumit’s brothers Amit and Ankit and his two friends saw a one-minute video he had sent them on WhatsApp. In the video, Sumit spoke about the alleged harassment after he started asking in in-laws to return Rs 1 lakh they had borrowed from him,” he added.