A 34-year-old businessman, Raghavendra Prasad, shot himself dead in his car at R.T. Nagar here on Monday.

He was the eldest son of V. Ramaiah, a retired Deputy Commissioner of Police here.

The police revealed that Raghavendra Prasad, in his death note, had said that he was ending his life as he was caught in a debt trap.Raghavendra Prasad owned a lorry and was into sand and cement transport.

One of his friends, Madhu, who had been called by Raghavendra Prasad to meet him behind the R.T. Nagar BDA Complex, found him in a critical condition in the car around 1.45 p.m. Mr. Madhu shifted Raghavendra Prasad to hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Raghavendra Prasad leaves behind his parents, wife Meena and two daughters. He lived with his parents at Chamundinagar.

Sandeep Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), said a revolver was found in the car, which was later confirmed to be a licensed weapon belonging to his father, Mr. Ramaiah.

Sources said Raghavendra Prasad shot one round at his chest at point-blank range.

Raghavendra Prasad had written four letters addressed separately to his father, mother, wife, and the police.

“In the letter addressed to the police, he claimed that he took the extreme step of his own volition and that his family members should not be harassed over the incident,” Mr. Patil said.

In the other letters addressed to his family members, Raghavendra Prasad had reportedly mentioned about his debts, Mr. Patil said. The R.T. Nagar police have registered a case of unnatural death and are investigating. The body was shifted to the M.S. Ramaiah Hospital, where the autopsy was conducted.

Police reveals that Raghavendra Prasad, in his death note, said he was ending his life as he was caught in a debt trap