Bareilly: A 32-year-old labourer, who was allegedly depressed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Hafizganj area in Nawabganj tehsil of Bareilly district on Friday. His family blamed the lockdown stress for this extreme step.

The deceased's wife said that there was nothing to eat at home and all their savings had dried up.

On Thursday night, victim Mujahid initially went to sleep with his family and later in the wee hours, he took the extreme step and hanged himself. His family informed the police on Friday morning.

His wife, Shaheen, told the police that Mujahid was upset because they didn’t have any savings left and had no food to feed their children. She also added that they hadn't paid the house rent for two months. 

However, police claimed that the victim was provided food items on April 7 after he rang up helpline 112 and he committed suicide because he was stressed due to a pending court case in which he was a co-accused.

Hafizganj SHO Mahendra Singh told, “We had provided 10 kilograms of wheat and other food items to the family."