The spot in Sakchi where Kaushal Dubey executed his death wish last Saturday. (Animesh Sengupta)
A young man, who had set himself on fire in front of a school canteen last Saturday evening, died of severe burns in hospital on Friday morning, taking the city’s suicide toll to 152 this year.
Kaushal Dubey (23) — a resident of Kasidih in Sakchi who helped in his family’s transport business — had sent a text to elder brother Kaushik venting his frustration over life minutes before his self-immolation outside the canteen of Kerala Samajam Model School at 8pm on August 17.
Kaushal was admitted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) with 90 per cent burns the same day. He lost his battle for life at 11am on Friday.
Police, who had registered a case of attempted suicide on the basis of a statement made by family members last week, converted it to one of suicide and sent the body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.
Sakchi OC Indu Bhushan Ojha conceded that they had no headway in the case except for thr SMS clue, which confirmed suicide but did not explain the reason behind Kaushal’s death wish.
“The youth killed himself barely a kilometre from his home and near a school. Maybe, his extreme step was spurred by a failed love affair. But then, nothing can be said conclusively till investigations draw to an end,” Ojha said.
He added that Kaushal was not in a condition to give a dying statement.
Those who witnessed the Saturday horror, recalled having seen a man “who looked like a great ball of fire” running helter-skelter and, subsequently, collapsing inside Sakchi Gurdwara.
Kaushal had first been rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital and later shifted to Tata Main Hospital.
Relatives said they were completely in the dark on what prompted Kaushal to end his life — and to end it in such a painful way.
“He was very emotional and caring by nature. We had noticed that he was not very cheerful of late. But, why he did what he did is a mystery,” said one of them.