A garment trader allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Shivpuri area of Ludhiana on Saturday. Even though his suicide note blamed none for the step, his wife alleged that he committed suicide because of demonetisation as he failed to exchange old notes. The suicide note mentions that the deceased was under ‘mental depression’ as his ‘business was not running well’. He also mentioned in his note that he’s ending his life on his own will as his business is suffering losses and that not a single penny should be spent on his last rites and those Rs 50,000 be used for his children and wife.

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The deceased trader had a ready-made garments small makeshift shop in Shivpuri area. Priti, wife of the deceased, stated that she along with her son and daughter were out of home and when she returned she saw her husband hanging from a ceiling fan in the house.

Priti alleged that her husband had Rs 50,000 in old notes, but he wasn’t able to exchange them from the bank since four days. She added that his business was also suffering losses since months, which added to his depression.

The Salem Tabri Police filed inquest proceedings under section 174 of CrPC in this context. Dhruman Nimbale, DCP Ludhiana said, “The note nowhere mentions that he ended life because of failure to exchange the notes. His business was running in losses since months and he was depressed. There is no mention of demonetisation in the entire suicide note.”

The deceased is survived by his wife, 16-year-old son Mayank and 12-year-old daughter Rakhi.