Bogged down by mounting debts due to his stalled business amid the COVID lockdown for months, a 35-year-old businessman died by suicide after he set himself ablaze in Kotwali Nagar here, police said on Wednesday. Riyazuddin, who used to manufacture wardrobes in Faisalabad locality of Kotwali Nagar area in the city, took the extreme step on Tuesday evening when his family members had gone to attend a social function to their relative's house, said city police station SHO Yogendra Singh.
Quoting the victim's family members, the SHO said Riyazuddin was upset over his mounting debts and was not having even proper meals for the last three-four days. With his family members out last evening, he bolted himself in his house and set himself afire, he said, adding his neighbours informed the police after seeing the smoke blowing out of his house.
The police reached the spot immediately and broke open his door, said the SHO, adding his body was completely burnt by then and he died on the spot. Singh said he had bought raw materials from Delhi and Meerut before the lockdown.
As his business got stalled amid the lockdown, he borrowed money from his friends to pay his raw material suppliers. As he resumed his business recently after the lockdown, his lenders began to pester him for their money, which Riyazuddin was still not able to pay due to little business transactions. Distressed by his inability to pay off his debts, the man died by suicide, said the SHO.
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