Ranoji Rao, a textile merchant, was found hanging from the ceiling, when his mother returned home on Tuesday.

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news Crime Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:24

A 42-year-old man hailing from Kengeri in West Bengaluru hanged himself from the ceiling of his house minutes after he shot a video accusing his lenders of having driven him to suicide.

Ranoji Rao, a textile merchant, was found hanging from the ceiling, when his mother returned home on Tuesday.

According to reports, Ranoji had borrowed a sum of Rs 4.25 lakh from a lawyer couple of years ago. Though he had paid back Rs 2.28 lakh so far, the lawyer couple reportedly demanded that he pay Rs 20 lakh including the interest and penal interest.

On Tuesday, after sending off his two children to school, Ranoji sent his mother to run some errands. Meanwhile, he shot a video narrating what drove him to take the extreme step. Media reports say that an excerpt of the video is doing the rounds on social media.

“I swear on my children. I am standing in a temple as I say this. My children will become orphans after I die today. Please ensure that no harm comes to them. I am ready to pay off my debts but there should be a limit to what they demand. They have left me in limbo,“ Ranoji is heard saying in the under-a-minute excerpt of the video, reports TOI.

The report states that Ranoji had borrowed the money from the lawyer couple two years ago, when the latter had fought his divorce case in court. 

The police told TOI that a case of abetment of suicide under section 306 IPC has been filed against the lawyer couple and that the police have asked them to surrender.

 

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