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Father kills self, dogs feast

A 35-year-old man, driven to suicide by oral cancer, was fo-und with his limbs severed and devoured by stray dogs in a forested area in Gausnagar, 15km from the city, in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Thursday morning.

What initially seemed like murder was registered as a case of self-inflicted death after police identified the body as that of Shaqueel Ahmed Khan, a resident of Road No. 10 in Jawaharnagar, Mango, 4km from the spot. A suicide note was also found, blaming terminal illness for the death wish.

In his note, Shaqueel further said that he was taking his own life so that his family didn’t suffer. He asked his tween daughter to continue with her studies and pledged a plot of land for her marriage.

ASI Mohammed Azhar of local Kapali thana outpost said that while making an inquest, they had mentioned murder, but later changed it to a case of unnatural death.

“Both legs and one hand of the deceased were missing. So, initially, we had suspected murder. But probe revealed that the body was hounded by dogs after the man, a cancer patient, slit his left wrist and killed himself,” Azhar said, adding that they had found Shaqueel’s cellphone in the jungle.

The body has been sent to MGM Medical College for a post-mortem.

According to the statement made by the deceased’s brother Saukhat Khan, Shaqueel ran a construction business. He had always been physically weak, suffering from kidney and heart ailments for the past couple of years. Recently, Shaqueel came to know that he had oral cancer too.

“On Wednesday morning, Shaqueel left home for hospital in Tamolia, but never returned home. Family members searched for him in and around Jamshedpur, but in vain,” said a relative.

Shaukat said long prescriptions of medicines had made his brother very depressed.