Karad jeweller commits suicide, blames GST in FB suicide note

Sakal Times
Friday, 16 March 2018

Karad: As jewellery markets gear up for Gudhi Padwa, a 32-year-old man, who had a jewellery shop in Karad city, committed suicide on Friday afternoon after posting a suicide note post on his Facebook (FB) profile. The man, Rahul Phalke, who hailed from Vanvasmachi near Karad, blamed the failure of his business on last year’s note ban and GST.

Karad: As jewellery markets gear up for Gudhi Padwa, a 32-year-old man, who had a jewellery shop in Karad city, committed suicide on Friday afternoon after posting a suicide note post on his Facebook (FB) profile. The man, Rahul Phalke, who hailed from Vanvasmachi near Karad, blamed the failure of his business on last year’s note ban and GST.

Phalke started a jewellery shop ‘Mangalmurti Jewellers’ in Maruti Chowk in Karad city five years ago. He was well-known in the market area and his suicide has sent shock waves in the area. The Karad police said that Phalke had committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Koparde Haveli.

The Karad police went to the spot along with the railway police and identified the body from the documents found in his pockets. He had jumped in front of the train but had not completely been run over. His hands got stuck in the wheels and he was dragged more than 50 feet, causing his death. Neighbouring shopkeepers said that they had seen Phalke open his shop as per routine and that he did not seem disturbed. 

Phalke then wrote a Facebook post around 1 pm and then committed suicide.  In the post, Phalke calls himself a staunch Shiv Sena follower. He says he lived proudly as a Shivsainik and a follower of Balasaheb Thackeray. He wrote that since the BJP government implemented the note ban and GST, his business, which required him to be dependent on lenders, started making losses and pushed him into debt.

He further wrote that he cannot live an insulting life anymore and that he does not blame anyone for his death. He mentions that he did not want to shun his responsibilities but has been helpless. Making an appeal to bring Shiv Sena to power in the next elections, Rahul ended his note with an apology to his family and loved ones.

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