A 60-year-old Sanskrit teacher at Jadavpur University was found dead in a washroom of the department on Tuesday morning.
Police said Avijit Ghosh, who suffered from hypertension, died after a heart attack.
Family members of Ghosh, a resident of Shitalatala off the Prince Anwar Shah Road-EM Bypass connector, had lodged a missing diary with Garfa police station when he did not return home on Monday. They had also alerted the head of the Sanskrit department at JU.
Ghosh was found dead after a sweeper, who had repeatedly knocked on the washroom door but got no response, alerted the authorities. Cops reached the campus around 10.30am and broke open the door. “Our medical officer checked him and declared him dead,” JU registrar Pradip Ghosh said.
The professor had been last seen in the department on the third floor of the PG Arts building around 4.30pm on Monday. “He was supposed to take two classes between 5.15pm and 6.45pm but did not. We saw him going down the stairs around 4.30pm,” said a teacher. “We suspect he suffered a cardiac arrest in the teachers’ washroom.”
Doctors told Metro that since Ghosh had high blood pressure, he was vulnerable to both a heart attack and a cerebral attack. “High blood pressure would place him in the risk group for both a heart attack and a stroke. But if someone suffers a stroke, they normally don’t die instantly,” said neurosurgeon Parimal Tripathy.
Some telltale signs of an impending heart attack are chest pain or troubled breathing but such warnings are difficult to decipher, doctors said. “It’s always better to go for regular checks than to depend on last-minute alerts,” said cardiac surgeon Kunal Sarkar.
A 38-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hacking his elderly parents to death at their Thakurpukur home on Monday. Neighbours and relatives spotted him supervising the digging of a grave in his backyard on Tuesday and alerted police.
Sovan Sarkar, who had spent a few months in an asylum in Joka last year for alleged mental instability, would often beat up his parents, according to relatives.
But Sarkar has denied being mentally ill and claimed he had killed his parents to avenge constant humiliation by family members.