An assistant electrical engineer of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) was found hanging at his official residence at Kusai Colony in the Doranda police station area on Friday.
Police came to know about 55-year-old K.K. Shrivastava’s death around 3.30pm from his son, a medical student at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur. The youth, in turn, got the news from his friends at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.
A suicide note was found at the spot but police are not ruling out murder.
“Shrivastava’s son called him up around 2 this afternoon. When he did not get any response, he became suspicious and asked some of his friends at RIMS to check out whether his father was alright. The youths rushed to his residence at Kusai colony and found all windows and doors of the house closed. They broke in to see Shrivastava hanging from the ceiling of a room,” a local resident said.
Officer in charge (OC) of Doranda police station Fozail Ahmed said: “The hands of engineer were tied together behind and he was hanging with the help of a rope. Prima facie, it appeared to be a case of murder. But we cannot say anything for sure as a suicide note was found at the spot.”
The OC added that a case of unnatural death would be registered and they would also probe the murder angle. “If required, it will be converted into a murder case,” Ahmed said.
Shrivastava was alone at the house at the time of the incident. His wife died last year. The suicide note, written in Hindi, was addressed to the victim’s brother. It suggested that Shrivastava had been depressed ever since his wife’s death.
Local residents said that the engineer was posted in Jamshedpur, but had been staying in Ranchi since April 25.