The spot where Hondanath Murmu jumped on Friday.
Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A 27-year-old septicaemia patient, apparently unable to bear post-operative pain in his infected hands, jumped off the fourth floor balcony of Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in Bistupur on Friday morning.
Hondanath Murmu, who suffered critical head injuries and multiple fractures, died in the afternoon. Police have confirmed suicide, but are probing the trigger.
Hondanath’s father Bandranath Murmu — an employee of Uranium Corporation of India Limited and resident of Chotagovindpur — said he was admitted to Ward IV-A of Jahangir Gandhi Memorial Block, an extension of the hospital, on Thursday morning.
“Some poisonous insect had bitten him. The area from his arms to wrist was swollen. Last afternoon doctors operated on his infected hands, but the pain did not subside. Today, around 9am, my younger son Munna came to meet his brother. Both were talking in the corridor on fourth floor when, suddenly, Hondanath lunged towards the railing and jumped down,” the bereaved father said.
Murmu senior claimed that he had spoken to his elder son over phone in the morning and the youth had seemed fine then. “We are not aware of the exact reason behind his death wish, but it probably was the excruciating pain of infection,” he added.
Hospital sources said security guards were present on the floor at the time of the incident, but Hondanath’s extreme decision was “sudden and swift” and could do nothing.
The youth, who sustained head injuries and fractured legs and waist, battled death for more than five hours in the critical care unit. He breathed his last at 2.30pm.
DSP (control room) Rajkishore Prasad confirmed suicide. “We are investigating the reason behind it. Family members are unable to say much on the matter,” he said.
This is not the first such incident at TMH. In April this year, a burns patient too had climbed onto the 3.5ft railing on the fourth floor of TMH with suicide in mind, but was stopped by a security guard.