Two persons chose the noose in the city in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of suicides registered till now this year to an alarming 19.
While 34-year-old Surjit Sarkar hanged himself at his Block No. 4 residence in Sashtrinagar in Kadma police station area this morning, Puja Devi (40) killed herself in the same way at her rented house at Ali Bagh, Azadnagar, on Monday night. Preliminary investigations revealed that both were depressed.
In the Kadma case, relatives said Sarkar, who used to work at a private firm besides running a small electric business till a year ago, had started consuming alcohol and drugs.
“Everything was fine till a year ago. But Sarkar then suddenly stopped working and had even left his business. He got addicted to liquor and drugs,” said a relative.
Kadma OC Indu Bhushan Kumar agreed, saying that it appeared that Sarkar committed suicide out of depression. “The deceased had a nine-year-old son. As he had no source of income, he was finding it difficult to run the family. He and his wife used to quarrel frequently,” he added.
In the other incident, Puja Devi was also found hanging from the ceiling fan. Her husband Ashok Singh, a private security guard, said she slipped into depression after both their sons died of some disease four years ago.
“My wife used to be alone when I was out on work. Yesterday (Monday) too, I left home around 9am. When I returned at 10pm, she didn’t open the door. I informed the landlord, Awdhesh Kumar Singh, and got the door broken to find Puja hanging from the ceiling fan,” said Ashok.