DAYS AFTER a 35-year-old goldsmith committed suicide at his Bhuleshwar home, his family and co-workers have said Sushant Samant ended his life due to his suddenly deteriorating health as well as the financial stress caused by the ongoing strike at jewellery establishments across the country. This is the first such incident to be reported in the city.
Sushant had used a muffler to hang himself from the ceiling, and his body was found on Sunday night.
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According to his cousin Chandrakant Samant, Sushant called him on Sunday at 5 pm and made plans to meet the next day. “With the markets shuts since March 2, Sushant was under severe stress. In the week leading to his death, his health was seriously affected,” said Chandrakant, who is from Udaynarayanpur, a town 50 km east of Kolkata, the same place where Sushant belonged to.
For four months, Sushant had been living in a 25 square feet accommodation in Bhuleshwar’s Panchayat Wadi area from where he conducted his business. Sushant had been a goldsmith in the area for the last five years and earned Rs 10,000 a month, his co-workers said.
Gold traders, jewellers and artisans have been observing strike across the country since March 2, demanding rollback of the budgetary proposal that has impacted the trade. “He was fit but over the past week Sushant’s health really deteriorated. He could barely have water or finish a packet of biscuits. Besides weakness, he also had a case of severe vomiting. He told me it was because of the stress of not working and I could relate to it because I am also in the same business. He visited six doctors, some from private hospitals, in the last seven days but none were able to help him,” said 22-year-old Surjeet Karamkar, who shared the room with Sushant and had rushed him to hospital in a taxi.
Dr D R Kulkarni, medical superintendent at Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital, confirmed that Sushant was declared dead on arrival Sunday night. “We conducted a post-mortem and submitted our report to the police. It was a case of suicide,” he said.
Surjeet said he was watching the T20 cricket world cup final in the adjacent room on the night of the incident. “I found him at midnight but I know he must have hanged himself after 11.35 pm because he had called his family from the landline at 11.32 pm,” he said. Even as jewellery establishments are still shut,
Bhuleshwar market is in shock over Sushant’s death. “The stress got to him and the least we could do was support the family with money in this situation,” said a senior member of a local Bengali association that sponsored the flight tickets for Sushant’s brother for Mumbai and then the transportation of the body to West Bengal by air.