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Debt guilt drove man to leap at Gandhi car

A sozzled Jayanta Ganguly finally came to his senses late on Monday and told police that he had jumped in front of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s car earlier in the day to kill himself.

The 40-year-old, who works as a driver in a Sector V BPO, told the officers of Gariahat police station that he had been depressed because of his failure to repay a loan of Rs 20,000 that he had taken from a friend a year ago.

“We had admitted him to Sambhunath Pandit hospital, where he relieved himself through a catheter. He broke down after regaining his senses and confessed that he had jumped in front of the vehicle in an attempt to commit suicide,” said Bikash Chandra Bhandari, the additional officer-in-charge of Gariahat police station.

“We told him not to attempt suicide again and to take care of his wife and son. He has been granted bail,” Bhandari said.

Another officer said the cops had assured him of help to find a job in a private company. “His wife, too, should try and get a job. It seems the loan amount is bigger than what he told us.”

Ganguly jumped in front of Gandhi’s car — without realising that it was the governor’s — at Ballygunge Phari around 1.10pm, moments after the pilot car and the constable accompanying the convoy on a motorcycle passed through. He would have been run over, had not the driver of the governor’s car slammed the brakes in time.

Ganguly told the cops that he was on night shift on Sunday, which ended at 8.30am the next day. Instead of returning home to Baishnabghata, he had headed straight for a hooch den in Hazra.

“He is a habitual drinker but had an overdose yesterday and lost control of himself. He had walked all the way from Hazra to Ballygunge Phari,” an officer said.

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