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Asansol: A potato trader has committed suicide in East Burdwan district after having suffered losses in business for two consecutive years.

The deceased has been identified as Basudeb Singha Roy (55) of Baidyanathpur village under Kalna police station jurisdiction.

He used to buy potato directly from the farmers during harvest and hoard the same to sell later at a remunerative rate.

But with Bengal witnessing a bumper potato harvest for the second consecutive year this time, the price of potato did not rise as expected.

Also, the decline in potato supplies to Odisha and Assam led to additional stocks in the state.

After having suffered losses last year, Roy had borrowed money from private moneylenders to clear the dues of the farmers. On top of this, he borrowed some more money with which paid advance to the potato growers this time.

“As the potato price remained very low this season as well, my brother became worried as to how he would repay the debts that run to a few lakhs of rupees. He managed to clear about 50 per cent of the debts and the dues of the farmers by selling his land,” said Ramakrishna Singha Roy, the elder brother of the deceased trader.

Sayan Singha Roy, the son of the deceased, said that his father used to stay depressed all the time.

“He hanged himself in our house yesterday (24 February) evening when nobody was around,” the son said.

Police today got a post-mortem of the body done at Kalna Sub-divisional Hospital and then handed over the body to the bereaved family.

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