Police at DSP Moitra’s Ranchi home on Thursday. (Hardeep Singh)
A top cop and a budding techie committed suicide in two separate tragedies in the capital on Thursday, proving that death wish can strike anyone, age and designation no bar.
DSP Chandi Kumar Moitra (59), working for the CID (state police), hanged himself at his Prashant Nilayam Apartment residence in Doranda’s Gaurishanker Nagar area in the small hours of Thursday, four months before his retirement, apparently due to work pressure.
His wife discovered his body in the drawing room around 2am. Immediately, the shell-shocked lady called up his colleague. By 3am, the Doranda home was swarming with police.
No suicide note was found, but the fact that Moitra was handling at least four important cases, including a Maoist-police encounter in Palamau, might have been the trigger. “He was to retire in four months (July) but had many cases to handle,” SSP Saket Kumar Singh said, but did not elaborate further.
The DSP’s body was taken to RIMS for autopsy and then to CID headquarters, Rani Kothi, for the ceremonial guard of honour. A case of unnatural death has been registered.
Barely 12 hours after Moitra’s wife discovered the body, a 25-year-old engineering student, Nikhil Kumar, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room at a middle-class residence in Saket Vihar, Argora.
Nikhil’s younger sister Rupali discovered the youth hanging around 2pm. The youth, a first-year student of BIT-Mesra (Deoghar extension), was apparently under severe academic pressure.
His father, R.K. Choudhary, an assistant conservator of forests, is posted in Lohardaga. Mother Poonam Choudhary and sister Rupali were at home when the incident occurred. Around 11.30am, Nikhil told them he was going to sleep in his room. His sister discovered the body around 2pm when their number asked her to wake him up for lunch.
Bokaro suicide finger at ‘forced figure fudging’
Accountant Varun Ghatwar (45), working with a Chandrapura cooperative society in Bhandaridah, 32 km from Bokaro steel city, was found hanging at his Bharat Refractory Limited quarters on Thursday morning. He left a suicide note, indicting senior cooperative office bearers Shatrughan Babu and R.N Singh, who he said were mounting pressure on him to fudge financial statements and cash transactions. Varun stated he had to choice but to end his life or face being implicated in financial irregularities. Officer in charge of Chandrapura thana Akil Ahmad said Varun’s wife and two children were away at their ancestral house in Maloria. Neighbours discovered his body and informed the police, who later found the suicide note.
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