Chit fund company director commits suicide

The Statesman

DIAMOND HARBOUR, 3 MAY: A chief managing director of a chit fund company, Ajit Shil (62), a resident of Daulatpur at Pailan under the jurisdiction of Bishnupur police station, today committed suicide in a hotel owned by him.

Shil was earlier an inspector with the Peerless Group, when it used to collect money from the market. He later started a hotel business and owned 12-14 hotels in different parts of the state.

Two years ago, Shil started a chit fund company named Aparupa near Joka under the jurisdiction of Bishnupur police station. The company’s business was spread over West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, police said. A senior police official of Bishnupur police station said they didn’t know the existence of such a company even two days ago.

In fact, Shil’s family didn’t approve of his chit fund business and he went into depression after the Saradha incident.

Police said, Shil bought a three-star hotel, Rajhans, near Falta industrial zone under the jurisdiction of Ramnagar police station some years ago. He never used to stay back at night, but yesterday he stayed back in the hotel.

The hotel boy knocked on his door at 9 a.m. this morning, but didn’t get any response, police said. Later, hotel staff broke open the door and Shil was found hanging from the ceiling.

Police sent Shil’s body to Diamond Harbour morgue for post mortem. A senior police official said that a suicide note was found in the room occupied by Shil, in which he wrote: “Somebody from Saradha encouraged me to start this business. But after two years, I am staring at a loss of Rs 3 crore. I thought of stopping it altogether, but couldn’t, as it would have affected my staff. No one is responsible for my death. After the Saradha meltdown, I was suffering from depression.” Meanwhile, Diamond Harbour Nagarik Mancha today submitted a memorandum to the Diamond Harbour sub-divisional officials demanding immediate action against chit funds, which are still allegedly cheating poor people.

In a related development, Ranjit Pramanik (18), who had deposited money in a chit-fund company, today hanged himself at his Thakur Chowk residence under the jurisdiction of Joynagar police station in South 24-Parganas.

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