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Overburdened with loans, businessman commits suicide

Update : 13 Mar 2015, 07:35 PM

Failing to repay loan, a local businessman of Kalighat upazila committed suicide at a rest house in Sylhet on Thursday.

Body of Rezaul Karim, 40, was recovered from Kushiara Rest House in Bandarbazar of the city.

Rezaul, hailing from Comilla’s Burichong upazila, had been living with his family in Sylhet for the last 25 years and used to run business there. He was burdened with a loan of around Tk1.5 crore for the last two years and was due to pay Tk51 lakh to two brothers – Khokon and Siddique, said Sunil Sinha, another local businessman from Kalighat.

Police said Rezaul left a suicide note mentioning that he committed suicide because he was overburdened with loans. He wrote the names of Khokon and Siddique in the note mentioning that they had been presserising him to repay their money for long.

Following the note, police arrested Amir Hossain Khokon, 52, and Monwar Hossain Siddique, 30, on Thursday evening, said Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge Asaduzzaman.

He said on Wednesday night, Rezaul checked in at Kushiara Rest House and mentioned in the register that he was there to receive a relative coming from abroad. On Thursday morning, finding his door locked, the hotel authorities broke the door and found Rezaul’s body lying on the bed. They saw one empty bottle of pesticide and one file of sedative lying beside his body.

Being informed, police went to the spot and recovered his body along with the suicide note. His body was sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for autopsy.

Through primary investigation, police found that Rezaul used to run business in Kalighat and was under debt. On Wednesday evening, one of the debtors rebuked Rezaul for repaying his money. A case for instigating suicide was filed against Khokon and Siddique, said the OC. 

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