BJP leader BC Patil’s son-in-law commits suicide
1 min read

BJP leader BC Patil’s son-in-law commits suicide

BJP leader BC Patil’s son-in-law commits suicide

Prathap Kumar

SHIVAMOGGA: Former minister and BJP leader BC Patil’s son-in-law Prathap Kumar allegedly committed suicide in the Arakere forest in Honnali taluk on Monday. He was the husband of Patil’s daughter Soumya. The reason behind the alleged suicide is being probed.

Prathap Kumar (43), a native of Kattalagere village in Honnali taluk of Davangere district, was found unconscious in a car in the Arakere forest, apparently after consuming poison.

He was rushed to a private hospital in Shivamogga, where he died. Patil went to Shivamogga to find out more about the incident. The body was shifted to McGann Hospital for post-mortem. Prathap worked as a contractor in Hirekerur in Haveri district, where his father-in-law Patil’s hometown is located.

Meanwhile, Patil told reporters in Shivamogga that Prathap married his daughter in 2008. “He lived with us in Hirekerur and looked after our agricultural land and house. He left home in the morning saying he would visit his village. At around 1.45 pm, his brother called me and said that Prathap had called and said that he had taken some tablets. His brother asked me to inform the police to find him. I informed the Davanagere and Shivamogga police. He was found between Shivamogga-Harihar road and taken to the government hospital in Honnali. He was later taken to Shivamogga. But he died,” Patil said.

Patil said Prathap was nervous because he had no children. He was also addicted to alcohol. β€œHe had fatty liver disease, so I took him to a detox centre in Bengaluru. He recovered,” Patil said.

State BJP president BY Vijayendra, MP BY Raghavendra and others expressed condolences.

(Help for people with suicidal thoughts is available on Tamil Nadu Health Helpline 104 and Sneha Suicide Prevention Helpline 044-24640050)