Coimbatore: After a policeman attached to the armed city force of Coimbatore committed suicide, his friends and relatives blamed the online rummy game he was addicted to as the reason.
Kalimuthu, 29, had borrowed more than Rs 20 lakh from his known people including relatives and friends and played online rummy games in which he suffered heavy losses and debts. The police officer had promised to repay his lenders the money he owed as soon as possible, but he could not meet the deadline.
Officials told IANS that 32 government departments opened their booths to showcase their products and projects at an exhibition in Gandhipuram, Coimbatore. The police booth at the expo displayed their weapons in the booth and Kalimuthu was on duty. On Friday afternoon, he was alone on duty and he took an SLR gun from the display and shot himself in the abdomen.
A senior Coimbatore City Police officer told IANS the bullet passed through the abdomen and exited through the back. Colleagues who rushed to the scene after hearing the gunshot saw Kalimuthu lying in a pool of blood and he was rushed to a private hospital in Coimbatore where doctors operated on him.
The bullet had damaged his kidney and he did not respond to medication and succumbed to his injuries early that morning. Kalimuthu, from Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu, is survived by his wife Salai Thillanaikai and two children aged 4 and 3.
It can be noted that there have been calls from political parties and social organizations for the banning of online rummy which has resulted in the death of several people. The PMK has been at the forefront of the struggle and the party’s state chairman, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, has called for a series of agitations if the government takes immediate action to ban online rummy gambling which claimed the lives of several people.