Restaurant owner kills himself for ‘harassing’ financier

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A restaurant owner reportedly committed suicide after being harassed by a financier to repay a loan of Rs 1 lakh.

Dayananda (38) was found hanged on November 1 at his home in Indiranagar near Peenya, North Bengaluru. In an alleged death note retrieved from his trouser pocket, he named a financier named Venkatesh for harassing him.

Dayananda ran a restaurant named Anandarushi in Dobbspet, an industrial town on the northern outskirts of Bengaluru.

His wife and neighbors broke into the house after Dayananda failed to open the door or answer phone calls. Dayananda was home alone while his wife came home from work. Dayananda’s father-in-law had taken the couple’s children to a workout class.

According to Dayananda’s wife, he opened a restaurant in 2018 after leaving the travel business. At the time the restaurant opened, he borrowed Rs 1 lakh from Venkatesh but was unable to repay it due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Venkatesh had pestered him to repay the loan, she told police.

Based on a complaint from Dayananda’s wife, the police convicted Venkatesh of inciting suicide.

Police believe Dayananda had taken out loans from others and his total liabilities were much higher, according to a senior officer.

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