Deposit company owner hangs self

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 4.05.13

Calcutta, May 3: The owner of a fund-raising company was found hanging this morning from the ceiling fan of a hotel he owned in South 24-Parganas’ Falta.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that Ajit Sil had raised money from depositors under various schemes. We have found from the hotel room a suicide note that says he was upset and that no one was responsible for his death,” an officer of Falta police station said.

The officer said Sil, 62, was the owner of the Aparupa Group, which owned at least four hotels in Falta, Pailan, Patharpratima and Bakkhali.

Additional superintendent of police (west), Alok Rajoria, said: “We are verifying Ajit Sil’s handwriting to find out whether the note was written by him. We are also finding out the details of his business.”

An employee of Sil’s Hotel Rajhans, where the businessman was found dead, said: “He came to the hotel and told us he would stay the night here. He had dinner at 10pm and before going to bed, told us not to wake him up early. Around 10am today, a waiter went to his room with a cup of tea and a newspaper. But after he did not get any response despite repeated knocking, he informed the others. We broke the door and found him hanging from the ceiling fan.”

According to a police officer, the suicide note purportedly written by Sil in Bengali said: “I am running my business for the past three years. I have incurred losses because of this. But I could not wind up my business thinking about my employees. I am now mentally upset. No one is responsible for my death.”

The police said there was no complaint of default against Sil in any police station so far.

Depositor suicide

An 18-year-old ailing barber who had invested Rs 3,000 in a Saradha Group fixed deposit scheme was found hanging this morning at his home in South 24-Parganas’ Joynagar.