Unable to repay loans, cloth merchant commits suicide

Cloth merchant Gangaram Rathod (65) allegedly jumped before a truck and committed suicide in Wadala Tuesday afternoon.

Rathod, who lived in Kalachowkie with wife and son, ran a small shop near Reay Road Railway Station. He was in debt and was being hounded by creditors.

At 12.45 pm on Tuesday, he jumped before a truck near Gate 2 of Bombay Port Trust Load Shed on Container Road in Wadala East.

The truck driver was unable to brake on time and Rathod was thrown several feet away. Onlookers rushed him to KEM Hopsital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

A suicide note found in his shirt pocket said he decided to end his life unable to repay loans.

He was carrying a train ticket to Reay Road and police believe he went to his shop in the morning before going to Wadala.

"His son said Rathord left home as usual for work. It seems he decided at the spur of the moment to write the note and end his life. His wife is too shocked to come to the police station. We will record her statement on Thursday," said Pandurang Ingule, senior inspector.

He said the truck driver panicked and ran away after hitting Rathod.

"The truck is in police custody. We have registered a case of accidental death and are examining cellphone records of Rathod to know who he spoke to before death. Once the autopsy report is received on Thursday and the driver caught, we will decide what charges to press."

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