A 22-year-old boy, who possibly lost a huge amount of money in gambling, hanged himself at his rented house in Baniapara in Chandil police station area of Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Sunday.
Krishna Nag, who used to stay alone at the two-room flat, was found dead in the morning, with the door bolted from inside.
One of his neighbours, discovered the body around 8am, when he peeped inside from an open window.
Immediately, the police was informed and so was Nag’s elder brother who stays with his family in the same area.
No suicide note was, however, found.
Circle inspector of Chandil police station O.P. Singh said that from the information gathered from the victim’s neighbours, it has come to light that Nag was heavily into gambling.
“Though we do not have any concrete evidence of huge loss of money in gambling as the reason behind his suicide, but from statements made by the people in the locality, we are suspecting it. Recently he had told one of his neighbours about losing heavily in a gamble match,” said Singh.
He further said that the exact time of his death can be ascertained only after the post-mortem, adding that that body had been sent to MGM Medical College’s mortuary.
Incidentally, gambling is on the rise in the steel city. And with Diwali coming closer, the people, especially in the urban slum areas, have suddenly become active.
Apart from the regular dens, gambling is rampant in nukkads and roadside stalls in places like Sonari, Kadma, Bistupur, Mango Jugsalai, Sakchi, Azadnagar, Sitaramdera and Golmuri.
The slum-dwellers, who usually play cards during the day, settle for gambling after darkness descends.
The residents allege that the police turn a blind eye to these makeshift dens at Nehru Maidan and auto stand in Sonari, Shastrinagar and Bhatia bustee localities in Kadma, Dhatkidih and Bistupur market in Bistupur et al.
When asked, SP (city) Kartik S. said the police have already started conducting raids across the city.
“We are aware that gambling is on the rise, which happens prior to the festival. We have made separate teams to carry out the raids,” he added.