In addition to consuming poison, a man also gave it to his wife and nine-year-old daughter on Friday with a view to losing his income and loan burden due to the corona pandemic. Laxmidhar Barik, a plumber and born in Langaleswar in the Basta ara, lived with wife and daughter in Balia on the outskirts of Baleswar town in a rented house. With his meager income, while unable to make ends meet, his financial condition had deteriorated further in the ongoing Covid-19 induced lockdown. He reportedly made use of loans from two self-help groups (SHGs) and handouts worth about Rs 4 lakh. During the lockdown, his income was reduced and he was unable to repay the group payments and the handlers. He faced pressure from them for a refund. Unable to bear the burden of the loan, he also reportedly gave it to his wife and daughter after consuming poison.
The daughter, however, feeling uneasy, informed her maternal uncle and after he learned of the situation, he took them all to the District Headquarters Hospital. Laxmidhar was transferred to SCB Medical College Hospital and his wife and daughter were treated in the DHH, reports said.