July 11, 2015 10:07:16 pm
A 37-year-old owner of a diamond polishing unit in Surat city committed suicide by consuming poison. The incident happened outside his unit at Katargam in Surat on Friday night. The deceased, who is the father of two children, is the third person connected to the Gujarat’s diamond industry to commit suicide in the last one week.
According to the police, Vijay Dungarani, a resident of Madhav Park Society in Katargam, ran a diamond unit on the third floor of Maruti diamond building located on Vastadevi road, Katargam. On his way home last night, Vijay consumed poison while exiting his unit and started walking towards his vehicle. He fainted and collapsed on the way.
The security guard of the building, Ratan Singh, spotted Vijay and called up owners of other units operating in the building and took him to a private hospital. Vijay’s condition was serious so he was shifted to Surat Municipal Corporation-run SMIMER hospital for further treatment. He passed away on Saturday morning. Katargam police after learning about the incident reached the hospital and started investingations.
Jagdish Patel, one of the relatives of the deceased said, “Vijay was running a small unit of around 25 workers since the last seven years. Earlier, he was working as a diamond polisher and later he started his own factory after taking a loan from his relatives and friends. We have seen him under stress since last one month, but he never disclosed anything to us.”
Police said that Vijay hails from Botad district and had come down to Surat, fifteen years ago and started working as diamond polisher. He was staying with his wife and two minor children.
Katargam police sub inspector C L Padvi said, “Vijay’s diamond business was doing well. Some of the workers had told us that he was facing shortage of raw materials and even the manufactured goods (polished diamonds), were not been sold. Even the big companies had stopped giving him work of cutting and polishing rough diamonds. He had taken a loan from the market for his business, but due to the weak condition of diamond market, he was not been able to repay the amount.”
Surat Diamond Association president Dinesh Navadia said, “The reason behind him taking such a drastic step is not yet known to me but we have started started carrying out inquiry from our side. We have called to some of the diamond merchants of that area to find out what actually had happened to him.”
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