Deep into debt-trap, mother-son duo ends life

Unable to repay long-standing loans, a woman and her son ended life allegedly by consuming poison in Jhimidipeta village in Rayagada district on Saturday. 

Published: 08th May 2022 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2022 07:18 AM   |  A+A-

Representational Image (Express Illustration)

Representational Image (Express Illustration)

By Express News Service

BERHAMPUR:  Unable to repay long-standing loans, a woman and her son ended life allegedly by consuming poison in Jhimidipeta village in Rayagada district on Saturday.  Sources said, the 55-year-old G.Rajani and her son G.Somesh (22) were left alone after her husband died five years ago and daughter  got married two years back.

For a livelihood, Rajani used to sell foodstuff and other essentials to truck drivers but her son was often found drunk and allegedly indulged in gambling.

It was during her daughter’s marriage that Rajani took a hand loan from different money lenders but was unable to repay as Somesh spent most of it on buying liquor. In February last, money lenders had allegedly locked her house and took away her belongings forcing the mother-son to stay outside. However, after the intervention of Seskhal police, both were allowed to occupy the house again.

As the money lenders kept asking for a refund, Rajani reportedly mortgaged her daughter’s gold ornaments and got some money which again was taken away by Somesh to indulge in IPL betting. Worried, Rajani had stopped eating for the last four days, said locals.

On Friday night, neighbours were alarmed with the screams of the mother-son duo and rushed to find both lying in a critical condition allegedly after consuming poison. They rushed the two to the hospital. Later, they were shifted to Rayagada district headquarters hospital where both breathed their last one after another on Saturday. Receiving information, Seskhal police reached the hospital and sent the bodies for autopsy. IIC N Jani said investigation is on from all angles.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp