Cab driver ends life after losing ₹15 lakh in online gambling

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Even as the Bill against online gaming is waiting indefinitely for Tamil Nadu Governor’s assent, a cab driver, who has reportedly lost over ₹15 lakh over the past one year in e-gaming, has ended his life.

Police said the 34-year-old cab driver, B. Sivan Raj of Rosemiyapuram near Panagudi, who was reportedly addicted to online gambling, used to play online rummy and had lost over ₹14 lakh over the past one year. When he played the game on Tuesday night, Sivan Raj reportedly lost over ₹1 lakh more.

Besides taking money from his father Bhaskar, a farmer, for playing online gambling, Sivan Raj had also sold a land belonging to him for playing the e-game. Moreover, he pledged the gold chain of his cousin’s wife for ₹1 lakh and lost it on Tuesday night. Subsequently, Sivan Raj ended his life, police said.

Assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the State’s health helpline 104, Tele-MANAS 14416 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050.

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