Relatives of teenager Mohammed Azharuddin at Tata Main Hospital on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
There is no let-up in this year’s suicide count in Jamshedpur, which crossed the 100-mark in the past two months and touched 104 on Monday after another death by hanging.
The fact that the death wish is striking people across all ages was borne out again when a 30-year-old widower, allegedly depressed since the death of his wife, who committed suicide a year ago, was found hanging at his Sundernagar residence on Monday morning.
At Kapali near Mango, a 14-year-old boy also tried to end his life in a similar fashion, but was rescued in the nick of time and rushed to hospital.
In the Sundernagar incident, Ravi Singh, an employee of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) and resident of Turamdih, seems to have planned his suicide in advance as he had left his two daughters at relatives’ places.
While his elder eight-year-old daughter was at his sister’s house in Parsudih, the younger one, aged five years, was staying with his elder brother, Sudhir Singh, in Turamdih. In fact, Ravi had also visited Sudhir’s house on Sunday night and had dinner there before returning home alone.
On Monday morning, Sudhir, also an employee of UCIL, decided to check on Ravi. However, when repeated knocks on the door failed to get any response, Sudhir suspected something amiss and broke open the door to find him hanging from the fan at his room.
“Ravi was supposed to leave home for work by 7am. But I saw his door closed from inside, which meant that he was still at home. When he did not open the door despite several knocks, I broke into the house and found him dead. I soon informed police,” Sudhir said.
Relatives said the deceased’s wife had committed suicide over a domestic spat. “She had set herself on fire and Ravi had been leading a lonely life since then,” said a relative.
Assistant sub-inspector Kedar Paswan confirmed suicide. “Though the man did not leave any suicide note, it was clear from his brother’s statements that he became frustrated after his wife’s suicide last May,” Paswan said.
Police have registered a case of unnatural death and sent the body for post-mortem to MGM Medical College’s mortuary.
In the other incident, teenager Mohammed Azharuddin tried to commit suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his house in Kapali. The boy was first rushed to MGM Medical College Hospital’s emergency ward, but doctors referred him to Tata Main Hospital, as his condition was very critical.
Azharuddin’s family members refusing to say what had prompted the teenager to take the extreme step. “Let him recover first. We are not in a position to talk,” said a relative.