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Debt-ridden Kerala entrepreneur commits suicide due to pandemic

An entrepreneur in the light and sound sector in Kerala died by suicide on Tuesday, police said, adding that he was suffering financially due to the Covid-induced crisis. The total number of extreme takers in the industry has gone up to eight.

According to the police, 47-year-old K Sumeesh, a native of Kollam, had a loan of Rs 10 lakh. “During the lockdown, he tried his hand at many other odd jobs and recently, he was in the fish trade. He was upset over the default in payment of bank loan…” police quoted his family as saying.

The light and sound sector, which employs about 3 lakh people in the state, including 40,000-odd entrepreneurs, has been silent since March 2020, when the first COVID-induced lockdown was imposed.

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