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‘Jolly’ banker hangs self

A senior bank official, described as a “jolly good fellow” by neighbours, chose the noose over life in Ranchi on Tuesday.

Ratan Das (58), the manager of Gumla branch of Punjab National Bank, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his bedroom by his wife at their Haider Ali Lane residence in Sadar police station area in the morning.

A suicide note, written in both Bengali and English, said he loved his wife Madhuri and their two sons, and that no one was responsible for his death.

Preliminary investigations suggest Das was grappling with depression triggered by tension at work for the past three days.

According to a neighbour, the banker committed suicide between 7.15am and 7.45am.

“His wife (Madhuri) left him sitting on the bed and went to fetch milk in the morning. When she returned, the bedroom door was locked. She knocked to ask whether he would like tea, but got no response. Later, neighbours broke open the door,” the local resident said.

Das was found hanging with a black muffler. Police were informed and the body, subsequently, sent to RIMS for post-mortem.

Sadar OC J. Oraon confirmed suicide, citing the note found near the body. “Our probe suggests that Ratan Das was disturbed for three days. Normally, he came from Gumla to spend the weekend with his wife and left on Mondays. This time, he didn’t and also evaded questions from his wife why. We suspect he had some tension at work and was depressed,” Oraon said.

A Haider Ali Lane resident recalled that Das was a friendly neighbour, on “good terms” with everyone. “It is hard to imagine that a man who was always smiling will die like this,” the neighbour said.

Das’s sons — Rohit and Rajat — work with private companies in Pune and New Delhi, respectively.

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