COVID-19 fear drives gold smith to suicide at tank bund

Hyderabad: Fear of contracting deadly Covid-19, a goldsmith jumped to death in Hussain Sagar lake.

According to the sources, 37 year old Paltupan, originally a native of West Bengal, was staying at Doodh Bowli area of old city area for the past few years along with his family. Since last one week, he had a cold, cough and breathing problem. Prior to this he had visited a local clinic in the old city, upon which he was referred to a private hospital, where he was denied admission and asked to go Gandhi hospital.

The relatives of the deceased had alleged that Paltupan was denied admission in the private hospitals,

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On Friday, he asked his friend Shridham Adak to accompany him to Tank Bund for a walk. Whe he reached the the Hussain Sagar lake, he immediately jumped into the water.

S. Lakshman, Sub-inspector, Ramgopalpet PS said that the kin of Paltupan was depressed after developing symptoms of Covid-19 and that he might have died by suicide because of the fear.

A team of police on Sunday retrieved the body from Hussain Sagar and shifted to Osmania mortuary.

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